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Create Your Media Business Dream at Create or Die 2

What: Journalism that Matters “Create or Die 2″ gathering focused on journalism entrepreneurship for diverse and underrepresented communities. Come create your new media business idea – innovate, incubate, initiate.

Who: Journalists, entrepreneurs, programmers, bloggers, technologists, educators, developers, designers, funders, social entrepreneurs, community activists, community builders, and YOU!

When: June 2-5, 2011

Where: University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Cost: A sliding scale based on roles. A limited number of scholarships are available…register and request registration waiver at $25 level.

Next Steps: Register at


Journalism That Matters, Create or Die 2 creates journalism innovations and media startups focused on diverse and underserved communities. Create or Die 2 uses an open-space format, an unconference style that puts the spotlight on participants and their passions.

  • Thursday | Inspiration Day: Conversation catalysts set the stage for team development. Our Innovation Expo showcases participant projects and ventures.
  • Friday | Design Day: Participants create sessions that explore new content, technology, funding, audiences and other ideas. Teams develop to pursue specific ideas for businesses or projects.
  • Saturday | Build Day: Teams meet to flesh out ideas and develop pitches.
  • Sunday | Pitch Day: Our coaching team of venture capital, foundation and entrepreneur mentors help teams refine their ideas and next steps.


Journalism That Matters Create or Die 2 offers cash prizes to winning pitch teams of $500-$1000. In addition, three North Carolina regional teams will benefit from close mentoring through the following incubators:

  • Winston-Salem: Wake Forest University: Offering one year of free incubation including access to databases, internships, mentorship and space.
  • Greensboro: Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship: Six months of shared office space, mentoring and networking to a local journalism startup.
  • Durham: Council for Entrepreneurial Development: Mentorship and networking to a Durham-based team.

Three conversation catalysts open the gathering Thursday evening, offering perspectives from different communities using different technologies:

  • John Keith, executive producer of WNYC, shares how radio uses mobile phone technology for sourcing and delivering news and information;
  • Tani Ikeda, executive director of imMEDIAte Justice in Los Angeles, teaches high school girls media literacy and sexuality education. Ikeda is an award winning director who creates narratives, documentaries, music videos, and commercial projects. She was named one of the 25 visionaries that are changing your world by the Utne Reader.
  • Mani Saint-Victor, president of Marveloper, LLC, talks about his transition from physician to creator of a social media marketing and game development studio. Marveloper is a game development company that markets games built from within the community by members of the community.

Three coaches guide our teams on Sunday with ideas for development and next steps. The coaching panel includes:

  • Hezekiah Griggs III, founder, H360 Angel Venture Capital, Charlotte, NC. Hezekiah is touted as the youngest media mogul in the country and recently started H360 to fund early-stage startups.
  • Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab, American University, Washington, DC. Jan’s organization funds annual journalism prizes such as New Voices and New Media Women Entrepreneurs and conducts research into new media innovations.
  • Roger Gafke, professor emeritus at the Missouri School of Journalism and director of program development for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. In that role he builds partnerships for research projects, programs and funding from corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

What’s missing? YOU. Join us for an engaging, inspiring and creative opportunity to develop entrepreneurial media ventures. Ignite your dream.

Register Now!

For more information, contact Dr. Michelle Ferrier, or at

Sponsored By:

Disrupters: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Elon University School of Communications, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Elon University Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership,

Connectors: Media Giraffe Project, GW Center for Independent Journalism

Collaborators: Greensboro Partnership, Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, Wake Forest University, Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

Communicators: Reynolds Journalism Institute, UNITY, WNYC, IJE, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, San Francisco State University, Renaissance Journalism Center.



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