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  • Tow Report Details Promise of Crowdsourcing

    Nov. 25, 2015 Jan SchafferMediaShiftCrowdsourcing Map

    CNN recently announced it was ending its longstanding iReport crowdsourcing efforts, opting instead to source stories directly from social media streams. This was a notable marker signaling how news organizations are making different choices about audience growth and engagement.

  • When Engagement Really Worked

    Jun. 24, 2015 Jan SchafferNieman LabsAudience engagement

    With last week’s celebration of the tremendous journalism contributions of Ed Fouhy, the award-winning broadcast executive and founder of the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, it seemed like a good time to revisit what we already learned about engagement– but may have forgotten.

  • Navigating Law for Media Startups

    Jun. 23, 2015 Jan SchafferMediaShiftLaw for Media Startups - Gavel

    When I launched J-Lab in 2002, the best piece of advice I received was to have a lawyer draft a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the relationship between my center and its soon-to-be home, the University of Maryland.

  • Reimagining Journalism School as a ‘Gateway Degree’ to Anything

    Nov. 20, 2014 Jan SchafferMediaShift2014.11.20-mediashift

    J-Lab director Jan Schaffer is wrapping up 20 years of raising money to give it away to fund news startups, innovations and pilot projects. She is pivoting J-Lab to do discrete projects and custom training and advising that build on her expertise.

  • 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.

  • 10 Takeaways from Teaching Entrepreneurship

    Jan. 30, 2014 Jan SchafferMediaShift10 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 SchafferNieman 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 SchafferSurvival 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.”

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