Continuing my theme of ‘failing in newsrooms’, Olga Lucia Lozano, pictured, co-founder of a leading investigative journalism site in Colombia, La Silla Vacia (The Empty Chair), shares the fruits of her own mistakes as a ‘news entrepreneur’.
Lozano believes journalists need to be educating themselves constantly. They should share what they learned so others can avoid making the same mistakes.
Part of the added value of La Silla Vacia, she says, is in the workshops and seminars on investigative journalism that the staff holds for other media all over Latin America. The team is constantly experimenting with new forms of telling stories online and new ways of financing their journalism.
He said Lozano offered two more tips for journalism entrepreneurs:
- Think about the business aspects from the beginning. Good ideas without financial backing will simply disappear.
- Start small with few employees to reduce costs and to avoid burning through your financial resources.