I have long been fascinated by the concept if using something with a demonstrably working business model, like events, to fund something with a less certain business model, like journalism. It has worked for industry-based media like Xconomy and Paidcontent – so why not journalism?
Andrew Phelps has a good piece in the Nieman Lab blog (click on the link above) about the upcoming Texas Tribune Festival, which is coming up at the end of September. The concept of these events isn’t all that new, and they can certainly be lucrative and popular (try to get a TED ticket, anyone?), and in a city like Boston, it seems like a budding opportunity.
As for me – I won’t be in Texas those days. The Online Journalism Association annual conference is that week – and it’s a must-attend in my book.