Some news about me

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I read Jeff Jarvis’s Twitter feed semi-religiously, which led me one day to a glorious opportunity that I almost didn’t take.

He linked to an invitation to apply to the beat business training program at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at City University of New York. It called to me:

Apply NOW for The Tow-Knight Center’s tuition-free, 2015 Beat Business training program in New York City this summer to get the tools you need to build a successful media organization.

At first I thought, “Oh man, this is for me.” Then I thought, “But I probably won’t get in.” Instead of leaving it there, I sent it to my husband, asking, “Should I bother?”

He replied with enthusiastic affirmation, followed by a terrible pun: “I don’t know much about the school, but I hear that Tow-Knight, Tow-Knight, is not just any Knight.”

You can see why I love him.

Anyway, I applied. And guess what? I got in! (As if I’d be telling you otherwise.)

So what does this mean? Well, I get to go to New York for a week at the end of June and a week at the end of July to workshop my idea with business-minded journos and seasoned coaches. It will involve a lot of work before, after and in between. Some of that work will involve coffee with some of you, dear readers, because I have a lot to learn. 

In the meantime, I’m working on handing the reins of Capital Ideas over to Jeff Samsonow and the rest of the team. It has been such a privilege to work on this project for the past three years and a bit. I have learned so much. My deepest thanks to Postmedia Labs, the amazing Capital Ideas crew, our dedicated members and our excellent partners. I know Capital Ideas will keep serving entrepreneurs in Edmonton and Calgary (and, I hope, beyond) by gathering up what they know and sharing it more widely. I’m looking forward to being a regular member in the fall; I might even pipe up with my own entrepreneurial insights from time to time.

I’ll pop up in other places, too. I’m teaching a basic reporting course at MacEwan University in the fall, and I’ll be reprising my Writing and Editing in the Digital World at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension in the winter. And I intend to keep on rounding up interesting Edmonton blog posts in this space.

If you’d like to arrange one of those aforementioned coffee meetings, or if you have any other questions, feel free to email me at karen@unlandmedia.com. I’m on Twitter and LinkedIn, too. And I’ll still be around Capital Ideas for the summer. The next events are on June 17 in Edmonton and June 18 in Calgary, and there are more lined up through the summer and beyond. And if you join Capital Ideas Edmonton or Capital Ideas Calgary, you’ll get the weekly question — answer it and you could be published in the newspaper. (We’re experimenting with this, too.)

Thanks to everyone who has helped me reach the brink of my next adventure. Onward!

(The photo above is a button made by Ashlyn Bernier at a fun thing Capital Ideas did in its earliest days. Thanks for the photo, Capital Ideas, and thanks for the advice, Ashlyn — I intend to follow it.)


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