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  • The Story Behind the Geezer Grants

    Nov. 13, 2014 J-LabBlog

    Last week we announced an awards project to help Baby Boomers launch news startups. This week, we chuckle at our new nickname and shine a spotlight on the history that gave the project momentum. “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.

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

    Oct. 31, 2014 Jan SchafferBlogSt. Louis Gateway Arch (Creative Commons)

    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.

  • J-Lab’s Jan Schaffer Reflects Back on 20 Years of Journalism Innovation

    Oct. 31, 2014 Jan SchafferMediaShift

    After two decades of work at the forefront of journalism innovations, interactive journalism and news startups, J-Lab executive director Jan Schaffer weighs in with some observations and lessons learned. This post addresses journalism innovations.

  • Gender Gap Blues? Build Your Own Sandbox

    Jul. 3, 2014 Jan SchafferBlogSandbox Icon

    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.

  • 10 Takeaways from Teaching Entrepreneurship

    Jan. 30, 2014 Jan SchafferArticles | MediaShift10 Takeaways from Teaching Entrepreneurship

    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

    Dec. 17, 2013 Jan SchafferArticles | Nieman LabNieman Lab logo 382x

    Jan Schaffer writes in Nieman Lab’s 2014 predictions for journalism series: “Let’s stop the handwringing about losses in legacy journalism and work on creating and growing the next acts in media.”

  • Revisiting 10 of the Many Things I’ve Learned Since Abscam

    Dec. 13, 2013 Jan SchafferArticles | Survival Guide For Women EditorsRevisiting 10 of the Many Things I’ve Learned Since Abscam - J-Lab

    With the release of the “American Hustle” movie about Abscam, I’ve been moved to remind myself of some takeways of my involvement in that FBI sting operation. Full disclosure: This originally appeared in the American Press Institute’s “Survival Guide For Women Editors.”

  • Donors Liking Public-Indie Media Partnerships

    Nov. 14, 2013 Jan SchafferBlog

    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.

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