Oct. 4, 2016 update: This press release reflects a 2011 redesign of J-Lab.org using the ExpressionEngine 2.0 content management system (CMS). In Fall 2016 the site was migrate to the WordPress CMS platform. While the basic design of the site remains the same, some of the content is different. As such the old version of the site is archived at old.j-lab.org and the links below updated to accordingly.
Washington, D.C. – J-Lab, the journalism catalyst based at American University, has launched a new web portal that makes it easier to find the ideas, innovations and deep resources for which the center is known.
The new J-Lab.org targets news entrepreneurs, professional journalists, funders, and educators to help them better navigate the volume of rich content that has spanned the center’s five websites.
Key features include:
- Ideas and Innovations: A new section dedicated to J-Lab’s learning. Here you’ll find Jan Schaffer’s Blogically Thinking posts, articles on innovations, players and trends, and Ideas We Like* from around the web.
- J-Lab Projects: A section that helps track more than 90 pilot projects seeded by the center and more than 200 winners and notable entries from the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.
- J-Lab Tools: A gateway to free learning modules for news entrepreneurs and databases that track the rise of community news startups and grant-funded news projects.
- J-Lab Publications: A library of reports that share practical insights from J-Lab’s work.
- Workshops and Training. An expanded guide to upcoming training sessions featuring innovators and early adopters.
“Users told us we are known for innovation and that our projects have tapped into a strong demand in the field,” said Jan Schaffer, J-Lab director. “This site is driven by their feedback that they also wanted a better way to discover all the things J-Lab does and easier access to the knowledge we have to share so they can use it.”
J-Lab has a long and respected track record of igniting news ideas that work. As the news and journalism space is re-imagined, J-Lab helps increase the rate and spectrum of change. The center funds new approaches to journalism, researches what works, and shares practical insights gleaned from years of working with news creators and news gathers. At its core are programs that inspire and equip news entrepreneurs, traditional media and others involved in the creation and evolution of news and information.
The new site especially encourages easier access and sharing of J-Lab’s resources through social media. Get a snapshot of the new features here: http://old.j-lab.org/about/newsite.
In addition to communicating its insights through workshops and reports, J-Lab also offers one-on-one consulting, on-site training, and facilitation of brainstorming sessions to help news organizations, foundations, universities and communities navigate the changing media landscape in new ways.
J-Lab partnered with Poccuo, of Washington, D.C., to design and develop the site.
*Due to the rapid pace of change in the online news ecosystem and staff reductions, Ideas We Like was discontinued in 2011. It was not migrated to WordPress.