Lecture - Entrepreneurial Journalism: The Quest for Sustainability in the Digital Media Ecosystem

Interdisciplinary research,
education and capacity building

6 Jul 2017

On July 10, Rosental Alves, Professor at UT Austin, will present a lecture, at U. Porto Media Innovation Labs, about Entrepreneurial Journalism.


Speaker: Prof. Rosental Alves (UT Austin)
Date: July 10, 2017, 10h30
Venue: Anfiteatro 1, U. Porto Media Innovation Labs (MIL)
Praça Coronel Pacheco 15,
4050-453, Porto
Entrance: Participation is free but registration is needed. If you plan on attending the lecture, please visit https://mil.up.pt/palestras/rosental-alves/

MIL (U. Porto Media Innovation Labs) is the Center of Competences of the University of Porto for the media area, whose mission is to further develop the capacity of the university in the field of media, teaching, research and innovation, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration between existing university structures and articulation with external partners.



On the one hand, the disruption of business models that financed the quality of journalism is making traditional newspapers to shrink their operations while searching for alternative models.

On the other hand, Startups proliferate all over the world, small digital native journalistic companies, operating from their start under new and creative models of news production and distribution.

Journalism has sought inspiration from Technology Startups in an entrepreneurial effort taking place inside and outside traditional companies. In American universities, the "Entrepreneurial Journalism" course now presents students notions of business and entrepreneurship, which have never been considered before in the training curricula of new journalists.


Rosental Alves is a Professor in the School of Journalism at UT Austin. He began his academic career in the United States in March 1996, after 27 years as a professional journalist, including seven years as a journalism professor in Brazil. For over a decade, he was a foreign correspondent based in Spain, Argentina, Mexico and the United States, working for Jornal do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most important Brazilian newspapers. Professor Alves created the first course on online journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and is the founding director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, an outreach program that helps thousands of journalists around the world with online training. A working journalist since he was 16, Alves received a B.A. in journalism from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University. He was the first Brazilian awarded a Nieman Fellowship to spend an academic year (1987-88) at Harvard University. He previously taught journalism at Fluminense Federal University and at Gama Filho University, in Rio de Janeiro, beginning as a lecturer when he was 21.