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Phillip Smith

Phillip Smith ('18)

news innovation consultant, Toronto

Question: What might be effective ways to inspire and support reporters to start a media business of their own?

At Stanford, Phillip is taking advantage of the opportunity to talk to very smart people about the role that technologies like blockchain and machine learning hold for the business side of media. In the classroom, he’s gleaned insights into the formation of new ventures, entrepreneurship from diverse perspective, and media innovations. And the d.school has added new tools to his design thinking toolbox.

To move his JSK question forward, Phillip is conducting interviews with journalists who’ve started media businesses, and the experts who’ve helped them succeed. He’s hoping to turn the insights from those interviews into a pilot online curriculum for aspiring reporters who want to start their own enterprise. He’s also prototyping a platform that makes it easier for journalism startups to grow audience and generate reader revenue.

Posts by Phillip

Announcing a new journalism entrepreneurship boot camp: Let’s “reboot the media” together

It’s June and the summer is just getting started in Berlin — there’s sunshine everywhere and the Berliners are out in the streets. But here… (9 minute read)

A journalism innovation and entrepreneurship reading list

A colleague recently asked me a seemingly simple question: Would you mind sharing a recent reading list related to journalism innovation… (4 minute read)

Input requested: A 7-step framework for modern-day reporting organizations

I have a framework that I’d like to share with you. I’m sharing it with you early in the process, in the open-source spirit of “release… (5 minute read)

Read @phillipadsmith on Medium.

About Phillip

Phillip Smith is a battle-scarred veteran from the front lines of digital publishing where, for more than a decade, he has provided unsolicited advice to innovative publishers around the globe. For the last two years, he has split his time between leading a small technology team at the award-winning online news site, The Tyee, and producing an international series of media entrepreneurship events in partnership with Google News Lab. Now, he is focused on advancing philanthropy for journalism innovation as the founding dean of the Uncharted Journalism Fund, as well as working on digital products that help solve the economic challenges of accountability reporting.


Information on this page is from the fellowship year.