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Observations and learnings on journalism 

  • The Arc of a Life – in a Graphic Novel

    May. 6, 2011 Jan SchafferArc of Life Graphic Novel

    How do you tell the story of 5,000-some inmates who will spend their entire lives in Pennsylvania prisons, with no chance for parole, because they are convicted of murder? Tom Ferrick, founder and senior editor of Metropolis, an independent news startup in Philadelphia, sought an enterprising way.

  • Seattle News Network: A Win-Win?

    Apr. 6, 2011 Jan SchafferSeattle Times

    With nine Networked Journalism projects started around the county, we wondered if anyone in those communities had even noticed that independent news websites were partnering with a mainstream media organization in town. So 18 months into this experiment, we enlisted The Seattle Times to conduct an online survey to gauge the perceptions of its readers.

  • Wake Up: Innovation is Calling

    Mar. 31, 2011 Jan SchafferType ball

    The best way to drive innovation is to expand the definition of innovation. But it needs to be more than just new tools. I would like to see us all embrace innovations in journalism conventions, processes, and relationships.

  • Rolling up Media Makers into Local News Networks

    Feb. 25, 2011 Jan Schaffer39 News

    The Seattle Times this week announced it has added five more local news partners to the network it launched in 2009 with J-Lab support. That brings its network of local news and blogger sites to 39.

  • Enticing New Sources of News and Views

    Feb. 17, 2011 Jan SchafferSillouhette

    What happens when journalists fall into the habit of relying on their reliable sources? To be sure, they can turn stories quickly because they can ensure access to information. They can help their news organization keep up with breaking news that will be competitively distributed on other publications and platforms.

  • Ten Benchmarks for the Future of Journalism

    Feb. 2, 2011 Jan SchafferTen

    I have long said that more than the business model of journalism was broken. I believe the craft of journalism is broken, too. Last weekend, J-Lab tested this idea on a group of young journalists who gave up their Saturday to join what turned out to be a robust and animated conversation about “Re-Imagining Journalism.”

  • $2.4M to Launch a Philly Journalism Project

    Dec. 21, 2010 Jan SchafferPhiladephia

    It’s official: The William Penn Foundation has approved a $2.4 million grant for a Networked Journalism Collaborative project in Philadelphia. A national search for a CEO to lead the initiative begins in January.

  • NewsWorks: I Love It

    Nov. 12, 2010 Jan SchafferNews Works

    I got a sneak peek at this week. This is WHYY’s new online networked news portal for the Philadelphia region set to launch on Monday, Nov. 15. And I love the whole idea of it.

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