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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.

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

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

Posted on December 18, 2013  |  Blogically Thinking

The American Press Institute's Survival Guide For Women Editors

As a federal court reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, I got a tip one Friday that something big was going to happen that would “involve the Halls of Congress.”

Ten Steps For Any News Startup

Ten Steps For Any News Startup

Posted on January 1, 2011  |  Articles

Quill | By Jan Schaffer

Professional journalists are launching scores of news startups around the country. Some cover community news, others hone in on special topics; some cover state government, and others aim to generate, and often share, investigative stories.

First Read: Follow the Breadcrumbs

First Read: Follow the Breadcrumbs

Posted on November 1, 2009  |  Articles

Columbia Journalism Review | By Jan Schaffer

News consumers are telling us something. We should listen.

When Community Residents Commit ‘Random Acts of Journalism’

When Community Residents Commit ‘Random Acts of Journalism’

Posted on December 1, 2007  |  Articles

Nieman Reports | By Jan Schaffer

In rural Dutton, Montana, 80 people showed up last fall, wooed by a notion of starting a local news site for this newspaperless town of 375 people. Months later, the community celebrated the launch of the Dutton Country Courier, DuttonCC.org.

Construct Your Community’s Info-Structure

Construct Your Community’s Info-Structure

Posted on November 13, 2007  |  Articles

Newspaper Association of America's Imagining the Future of Newspapers blog | By Jan Schaffer  

In 2005, Lisa Williams launched a hyperlocal news site for her newfound community of Watertown, Mass. Writing with wry, self-deprecating humor, she called it h2otown.info and it was an instant hit.

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Citizens Media: Has It Reached a Tipping Point?

Citizens Media: Has It Reached a Tipping Point?

Posted on November 1, 2005  |  Articles

Nieman Reports | By Jan Schaffer

New media initiatives emerge when citizens feel ‘shortchanged, bereft or angered by their available media choices.’

Civic Journalism—Growing and Evolving

Civic Journalism—Growing and Evolving

Posted on March 1, 2005  |  Articles

Nieman Reports | By Jan Schaffer and Ed Fouhy

Civic journalism is growing and evolving rapidly because it makes a deliberate attempt to reach out to citizens. Civic journalism can take the form of town meetings--"real" or "electronic"--or watching CSPAN, going on-line or attending focus groups.

Reporting on Race: Building a New Definition of ‘News’

Reporting on Race: Building a New Definition of ‘News’

Posted on September 1, 2003  |  Articles

Nieman Reports | By Jan Schaffer

A report on race reporting by civic journalists highlights some common approaches.

Ten of the Many Things I’ve Learned Since Abscam

Ten of the Many Things I’ve Learned Since Abscam

Posted on September 1, 2002  |  Articles

The American Press Institute's Survival Guide For Women Editors | By Jan Schaffer

As a federal court reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, I got a tip one Friday that something big was going to happen that would “involve the Halls of Congress.”