Trends in Entrepreneurial Journalism

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The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism will host an interactive panel discussion featuring several entrepreneurial alumni on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6 PM.

The startup founding alums will discuss the projects they developed while in the program and share thoughts on broader entrepreneurial journalism trends. The panelists will address questions that include:

- What are some new news startups that provide inspiration?
- What new approaches to revenue generation seem most promising?
- How do news entrepreneurs tackle the challenge of building a community?
- What tools, readings and resources are most useful for entrep journalists?

Panelists will include:
Dawn Kissi, Founder of Emerging Market Views (
Peter Green, Founder of http://FoodMakers.NYC
Samantha Gross, Founder of StoryTour (
Michael Rain, Co-Founder of ZNewsAfrica (
Christian Fahrenbach, Founder of Signal and Noise (

Please join us for a lively discussion and light snacks. The panel will be moderated by Jeremy Caplan, Tow-Knight's Director of Education.


Presenter Bios:

CHRISTIAN FAHRENBACH works as a journalist, teacher and consultant in Germany and New York. He was the first ever German Fellow in the "Entrepreneurial Journalism" program at New York's City University and is one of the founding members of Krautreporter, the biggest crowdfunding project in German journalism to date. He writes their daily newsletter "Morgenpost" with more than 15,000 subscribers and an open rate of more than 40 percent.

As a journalist, he works regularly for the German newswire dpa in New York and Washington and he had bylines in Süddeutsche Zeitung, the business magazine brand eins, Spiegel Online and Zeit Online, among many others. As a teacher he gave lectures and workshops for clients like the Swiss Ringier Group, the Deutsche Journalistenschule or Hamburg Media School and he gave key notes or hosted panels at re:publica, in the German Haus at SXSW or at the Digital Media Viability conference in Beirut, Lebanon.

PETER S. GREEN’s FoodMakers.NYC is a business-to-business newsletter for New York’s food-making and food-selling community.

Bio: Peter Green is a reporter, editor and news entrepreneur. A veteran foreign correspondent, he has covered wars, revolutions and the transformation of the former Communist world for UPI, the Times of London, the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times. He’s also been a senior editor at the New York Post, Metro and Crain’s New York Business, and has won awards for investigative reporting, feature writing and branded content. @PeterGreenNews

SAMANTHA GROSS's StoryTour enables journalists and storytellers to lead small groups to encounter the people and stories of New York City firsthand

Bio: Samantha is a narrative storyteller and journalist. As an Associated Press writer and editor, she worked in Italy, Florida and New York, where she became the AP’s City Hall correspondent. Along the way, she covered news events ranging from the battle over the fate of Terri Schiavo to Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's Hudson River plane landing. Samantha has written features focusing on unexpected and revealing human stories percolating beneath the surface of the metropolis. Follow her @samanthagross.

DAWN KISSI’s Emerging Market Views ( is a single-topic multimedia platform focused solely on the world’s emerging and frontier markets.

Bio: Dawn Kissi is an award-winning multilingual journalist, international correspondent and executive producer covering global markets, finance and business. Throughout her career she has interviewed and profiled some of the world's most prominent individuals and businesses, landing exclusives with countless newsmakers. In 2015 she was awarded one of the first Made in NY Entrepreneur Innovation grants via the New York City Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment after a competitive process administered by the Made in NY Media Center and the City of New York’s Economic Development Corporation.

In December of 2015 she formed Emerging Market Media where she is editor-in-chief. Dawn is a first-generation American, a member of the Paley Media Council and a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. @dawnkissi (

MICHAEL RAIN’s ZNews Africa creates and curates cool stories about the global Pan-African community through our mobile app (, newsletter ( and website ( We publish original content on ZNewsletter, our weekly email of curated stories, reaches 4,000+ readers across the world. Produced and developed in-house in both English and French, the ZNews Africa mobile app ( has garnered over 80,000 downloads and provides the latest news across Africa from more than 170 global news sources. ZNews Africa has participated in accelerator programs for mobile tech startups from Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

Bio: Michael Rain is the co-founder of ZMedia Tech Group, a media + tech company that builds tech products for the global market of the African diaspora. He serves as the head of product and content of the company’s flagship brand ZNews Africa ( Michael is a visual and textual creative, content developer and product manager with a background in strategic communications. He has worked with some of the world’s largest and best-known brands including Time Warner, Toyota and The Wall Street Journal. He is Ghanaian-American, a lifelong New Yorker and Brooklyn native. @michaeljrain