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Written by J-Lab’s Jan Schaffer for publication

  • Civic Journalism Redux

    Nov. 10, 2016 Jan SchafferMediumCollage - Stories from the heyday of civic journalism.

    It is ironic how strikingly similar the issues in today’s media landscape are to what motivated journalists to embark on civic journalism experiments in the 1990’s. So striking, that many civic journalists say that journalists would not have miscalled the 2016 presidential election ...

  • Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

    Oct. 13, 2016 Jan SchafferTeaching Media Entrepreneurship

    How can new faculty members nudge peers teaching outdated journalism courses?


  • Making a Case for New Taxonomies in Journalism

    Sep. 15, 2016 Jan SchafferTeaching Media Entrepreneurship

    New forms of journalism are populating the new media landscape – much of it emerging from entrepreneurial  news startups. I think there are enough examples that we can begin to develop taxonomies.

  • Teaching Media Entrepreneurship. What Does that Mean?

    Jun. 15, 2016 Jan SchafferMediashift

    As more and more journalism programs add courses on media entrepreneurship, there is little evidence of a standardized media-entrepreneurship curriculum, according to a recent survey of journalism educators conducted for CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

  • 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.

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