Media Studies Professor Sybril Bennett was recently selected as one of 15 professors from across the country to attend the fifth annual Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The 15 fellows were competitively selected, and their training, transportation, lodging, materials and meals were provided at no cost.
During the five-day institute, Bennett studied many topics including journalism and entrepreneurship, with featured sessions on “How to Build What’s Next for News,” “The Economic Impact of Hispanics in the U.S.” and “Turning Ideas into Products: Collaborating on Campus,” among others.
The Jan. 4-8 event was made possible through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Co. The Institute was led by Cronkite Professor of Practice Dan Gillmor, an internationally recognized author and leader in new media and entrepreneurship.
“In a media world where change is accelerating, tomorrow’s journalists will need to understand and appreciate the startup culture,” Gillmor said. “We’re grateful to our funder and the terrific speakers who are helping to ensure that entrepreneurship will become a component of our fellows’ programs.”
Bennett created Belmont’s entrepreneurial media course years ago knowing students would need those skills to thrive in the digital world. With a focus on the importance of these skills, Belmont has committed to offer a journalism entrepreneurship class next year.