Disrupting the Status Quo with Journalism Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Maria Rojas at JTM Create or Die: Detroit

Maria Rojas, a former graduate student at Elon University, demonstrates a Second Life museum project she created during the Innovation Expo at JTM's Create or Die in Detroit.

Jumpstart your entrepreneurial journalism venture at Journalism That Matters Create or Die 2. Building on last year’s Create or Die in Detroit, join our design | build | pitch “mashup” to explore the role that journalism plays in communities taking responsibility for their own stories. Find out what happens when innovation and talent come together!

NEW! Three regional NC business incubators are offering start-up packages to projects generated at Journalism That Matters Create or Die 2. Read here for more information.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Strut your stuff during our Innovations Expo, an idea fair for gamechangers where you showcase your talent, wares, technology, etc. Tables are FREE for conference participants.

When: June 2-5, 2011
Journalism that Matters “Create or Die 2” gathering focused on journalism entrepreneurship by and for people of color.
Journalists, entrepreneurs, programmers, bloggers, technologists, educators, developers, designers, funders, social entrepreneurs, community activists, community builders, and others who care about telling stories in communities
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
To interrupt and disrupt the status quo and remake a new media ecology that is inclusive of diverse voices.

At this three-day event, we will conceive, design and pitch ideas for the next news and information businesses, tools, and services that amplify diverse voices and strengthen the role of communities in shaping their stories.

The gathering serves as a sandbox in which professionals ranging from programmers to journalists can initiate entrepreneurial journalism ventures. At the same time, regional participants will incubate new ideas to re-invigorate the news ecology in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. The event is designed around result-driven conversations that spark collaboration and innovations.

Event Goals

We build on our beginnings in Detroit growing the network for journalism entrepreneurship and people of color by:

  • Celebrating the pioneers, innovators and best practices in the new media arena.
  • Examining the infrastructure and supports required to sustain journalism entrepreneurship by and for diverse communities.
  • Connecting cross-disciplinary teams to advance new ideas and new projects.
  • Fostering a dialogue about leveraging our knowledge network to transform access to content, finances, technology and policy that affects entrepreneurs and communities of color.
  • Creating a strong and visible network of new media innovators across media sectors.

As in Detroit, the event will engage participants in pursuing the issues and ideas important to them, providing an environment that results in intensive teambuilding, idea development, design and build sessions.

We don’t want to just talk – we want results. So join us.


Pricing Information — Stipends available

REGISTRATION: A sliding scale for early birds; or request a waiver

Because of foundation, donor and participant support, Journalism That Matters convenings have a history of providing registration stipends for people who might, for budget or personal reasons, not be able to pay the full cost of a JTM event. When you start the registration process by clicking below, you will have several “early-bird” choices until registration rates rise on May 1. If you cannot afford full registration, pay a refundable $25 and add your name to our first-come-first served roster for a registration payment waiver and stipend. If by May 10 we are unable to grant a waiver, and you cannot attend at the regular price, we’ll refund your $25 upon request.

  • Regular-participant: $395
  • Non-profit or academic: $175
  • Unemployed or underemployed: $95
  • Enrolled student: $75
  • Fee to confirm stipend request: $25
  • For special registration requests, email createordie2@journalismthatmatters [dot] org.

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