When I got that journalism degree back in 1974 newspapers were heading toward near-monopoly status and network news divisions thought of themselves as public trusts more than businesses. For the individual editor and reporter, the profession was a calling and finding the scoop was all that mattered. Today’s students seem to be realists. They get that journalism is a business. They understand that the who, what, when, where and why of their careers is as much about an entrepreneurial, innovative spirit as it is about the story. Industry veterans, far too many still stuck in an old mindset, would do well to spend a little time in the classroom.

Lewis Dvorkin, Chief Products Officer at Forbes, visited my class at NYU earlier this week. He told us stories about start-ups and running Forbes online, and we asked him questions about everything. He’s summarized the Q&A here.

Very useful for young journalists. -Blake

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