6 entrepreneurial journalists offer advice on how to start a new digital outlet (video)

By Alejandro Martínez

The best advice to young journalists looking to start a new digital outlet from Daniel Eilemberg, the founder of popular Mexican news site Animal Politico, is simple: just do it.

“The worst mistake one can make is never trying,” Eilemberg said in a recent video interview.

Eilemberg was interviewed in Spanish by James Breiner, a journalism professor from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and digital media consultant, during the 15th International Symposium for Online Journalism (ISOJ), organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas on April 4 and 5. Breiner also interviewed five other journalists who are experts in digital media to ask for their advice on how to start new journalistic undertakings on the web.

Participants in the video include Eilemberg, now Chief Digital Officer at Fusion, a new cable channel from U.S. television networks Univision and ABC; Sandra Crucianelli, a data journalism expert, Knight Center veteran instructor and founder of SoloLocal.info in Bahía Blanca, Argentina; Gumersindo Lafuente, former chief of the Spanish daily El País’ digital edition and current director of the hyperlocal website porCausa.org; Olga Lucía Lozano, creative director of LaSillaVacía.com in Bogotá, Colombia; Chumel Torres, satirist at the video blog El Pulso de la República in Mexico City; and Esther Vargas, founder and director of the website ClasesdePeriodismo.com, in Lima, Perú.

Watch Breiner's video in Spanish below:

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.