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J-Lab Launches Journalism Grant Program for Baby Boomers

MediaShift featured the launch of J-Lab’s Masters Mediapreneurs Initiative, a new grant program aimed at “encore entrepreneurs,” or those who are age 50-plus. The initiative awarded $12,000 to four Baby Boomers who have a sustainable idea for a news venture.

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Four Media Startups Win Encore Entrepreneur Funding

For immediate release Noon, Feb. 5, 2015 Contact: Jan Schaffer jans@j-lab.org Washington, D.C. – Four media startups proposed by entrepreneurs over 50 have been selected to receive $12,000 each in encore media entrepreneur funding, J-Lab announced today. The projects are a single-topic magazine on Medium.com, a Connecticut hyperlocal FM/streamed radio station, daily Internet radio newscasts

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The Story Behind the Geezer Grants

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

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Encore Media Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for Four $12,000 Startup Grants

For immediate release Noon, Oct. 29, 2014 Contact: Jan Schaffer jans@j-lab.org Washington, D.C.  –  Encore media entrepreneurs, age 50+, are invited to apply for seed funding to help them launch news projects in 2015 as part of a new initiative launched today by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. Four $12,000 awards are available to

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Eulogizing Rye Reflections

Sometimes the time is right. More on the “Anatomy of a Shutdown” for New Hampshire’s Rye Reflections, which is shutting down after a 5-year run. Contrary to what you might expect, it wasn’t a case of running out of money.

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