The School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune’s CEO, editor-in-chief and co-founder, Feb. 25 as part of the Digital Media Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.
Smith arrived 40 minutes late due to rush-hour traffic in Austin, but students greeted him with applause. Smith spoke on the entrepreneurial spirit of the Tribune and the new age of journalism.
“The buzzkill of buzzkills in entrepreneurship is caution,” Smith said.
The early days of the Tribune were not a “sexy time” for the new non-profit media outlet, Smith said. Smith helped establish the Tribune in 2009 with Ross Ramsey and John Thornton. The idea for the digital-first, nonpartisan media outlet began from the bottom up.