A fifth of the professors interviewed scored the highest marks, and showed tangible results. These professors are also the ones who incorporated the most topics from the list of skill areas we identified as good practice among entrepreneurial journalism teachers. Among the reasons they scored so high — their former students have started their own projects based on their courses.
Within this group of teachers you will find the highest use of tools and Agile Methodologies, and their portfolios include research and publications related to the topic of journalism entrepreneurship.
The teachers ranked in the highest tier had an average of 13 years teaching experience and 15 years experience working in media. Their entrepreneurial journalism classes are, on average, not more than 5 years old, following the trend identified earlier. In addition to their extensive experience in the classroom, they also have field experience; the vast majority of these teachers also started their own media sites.
On the other end of the spectrum, teachers who are not ranked as high for their performance have not started their own media sites. On average, the professors in this group have more than a decade of teaching experience, but only recently started teaching in the field of entrepreneurial journalism. They have already tackled teaching the concepts and basic content of journalism entrepreneurship, and they have the potential to incorporate Agile Methodologies. Despite being new to teaching in this area, they have demonstrated the ability to research by publishing academic books and papers, and they have the potential to develop this area of journalism that, as of yet, does not have a well-defined space in academia or a clear identity in the journalism profession.