Entrepreneurial Journalism/Gmail’s ‘Share Your Story’

Today, I came across a New York Times article about entrepreneurial journalism. I’ve often thought that while this may not be the “best” time to be in journalism, it’s nonetheless an exciting time, a time for innovation. So many people speak of the demise of journalism, but this article points to the possibilities that young journalists have to enter the journalism industry and thrive. Now, we don’t just tell stories through writing and photography — we have so many more ways of telling stories, through video, audio slideshows, social networking, etc.

The author of the article, Saul Hansell, writes: “It seems to be a great time to be starting out in journalism. Just don’t ask advice from anyone who has been in the business for more than five years.” It is, indeed, an exciting time to be a journalist … but only if you choose to see it that way.

Speaking of telling stories, I noticed on Gmail chat tonight that there’s a “Share your Gmail story” link. Gmail is asking its users to upload videos explaining what they use Gmail for and why they like it. Some of the sample videos are funny, but they represent stories nonetheless, and a chance for people to be heard.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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