Poynter Calls for Journalism Entrepreneurs

Poynter wants to hear new journalism ideas, and is willing to give a little money for the best ones. In a release, Poynter has called for people with a creative journalistic idea to send in a video. They will select the two best ideas, and the winners will receive up to $10,000 to help with the legal, accounting and other important, yet costly details of launching a new site. Not a bad way to start a new venture at all.

“Winners will spend up to two weeks this winter at Poynter in St. Petersburg, Fla., receiving guidance on their journalism — and business — idea,” wrote Jeremy Caplan in a post on Poynter’s site. “Then, over the next six months, we’ll continue to coach the venture.”

They are looking for ideas “whose progress might yield insights for other journalism startups around the country.” If you want consideration, you must send in a video by October 12. It must stay under 3 minutes, and explain, “the problem/opportunity you seek to address,” “your solution, or your idea” and  “your planned revenue streams,” among other basics.

Finalists will have to go through another round of questions, and the winners will be announced October 27. Opportunities like this helped motivate the technology sector, why not do it in journalism. You can check out the post on Poynter, if you would like to know more.