Ideas & Innovation

The Story Behind the Geezer Grants

The Story Behind the Geezer Grants

Posted on November 13, 2014  |  Blogically Thinking

"Geezer grants" is the term some wags have applied to the $12,000 startup funding open to people age 50-plus who want to launch a news project. Bring it on.

Twenty Years on the Front Lines of Journalism Innovation

Twenty Years on the Front Lines of Journalism Innovation

Posted on October 31, 2014  |  Blogically Thinking

Civic journalism really worked. (More on this in another blog post.) It makes most of today's audience engagement initiatives look a mile wide and an inch deep.

Journalism Education: It’s Time to Craft the Gateway Degree

Journalism Education: It’s Time to Craft the Gateway Degree

Posted on October 31, 2014  |  Blogically Thinking

If the journalism industry really wants to engage its audiences and woo new ones, and if the academy wants its journalism schools to flourish – it's time for journalism schools to embrace a larger mission and to construct a different narrative about the merits of a journalism education.

Gender Gap Blues?  Build Your Own Sandbox

Gender Gap Blues?  Build Your Own Sandbox

Posted on July 2, 2014  |  Blogically Thinking

Women comprise only 36 percent of the journalism workforce and only 23 percent of the leadership (where they make 25 percent less than their male counterparts). Yet they make up 64 percent of journalism school enrollments, where many will elect careers in public relations. The numbers come from research supplied by the sponsors, The Poynter Institute and the press club's Journalism Training Institute.  Many of the numbers come from the Women's Media Center study earlier this year.

10 Takeaways from Teaching Entrepreneurship

10 Takeaways from Teaching Entrepreneurship

Posted on January 30, 2014  |  Blogically Thinking

(This article originally appeared on PBS Mediashift.)

So far, two cohort groups, some 21 people, have gone through my Seminar in Media Entrepreneurship for mid-career professionals. It is the first seminar that each cohort group takes as they embark on the 20-month, 10-course journey to a MA in Media Entrepreneurship at American University.

Lost in the gloom, an entrepreneurial boom

Lost in the gloom, an entrepreneurial boom

Posted on December 17, 2013  |  Blogically Thinking

“Let’s stop the handwringing about losses in legacy journalism and work on creating and growing the next acts in media.”

Donors Liking Public-Indie Media Partnerships

Donors Liking Public-Indie Media Partnerships

Posted on November 14, 2013  |  Blogically Thinking

Creating public-radio and indie-media partnerships may open new paths to fundraising, station executives told a session at Tuesday's Public Radio Super-Regional meeting outside Washington, D.C.

The Death and Re-birth of Journalism

The Death and Re-birth of Journalism

Posted on November 12, 2013  |  Blogically Thinking

This presentation was given by Jan Schaffer at the Pace Information & Engagement Gathering at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, NY.

Pew’s Nonprofit Journalism Report: Few Surprises, Many More Questions

Pew’s Nonprofit Journalism Report: Few Surprises, Many More Questions

Posted on June 11, 2013  |  Blogically Thinking

There are few surprises in the latest nonprofit journalism study by the Pew Research Center's Project on Excellence in Journalism. There are still, however, many questions to be asked. And there is much merit in taking a deeper dive into discrete clusters of nonprofit news sites.

Ideas We Like

Previous Next
Bike Accident Tracker

Bike Accident Tracker

The Bay Citizen in San Francisco has developed a interactive bike accident tracking system. The map is hosted on their website and shows every bicycle accident in the area. Each incident includes...

Councilpedia

Councilpedia

Councilpedia by Gotham Gazette "Keeping Track of City Officials" by enabling readers of New York City to share information about city elected officials and the people and organizations that give...

D.C. Budget

D.C. Budget

How Would You Cut $591 Million From the D.C. Budget? The Washington Post's budget game allows you to save and compare your revenue and spending decisions. 

Ideas & Innovations Sections

Spacer

Blogically Thinking

Observations and learnings from J-Lab's Jan Schaffer

Spacer

Spotted

Players and trends in community journalism from Andrew Pergam

Spacer

Ideas We Like

Great examples of news ideas and innovative journalism tools

Spacer

Articles

Pieces written by J-Lab and published industry-wide