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SheBooks launches with contests and stable of writers

Shebooks launched Jan. 2 and now has 12 e-books and some top rankings in Amazon's hot releases.

Silicon Hills crowdfunds print magazine overshot its Kickstarter funding goal and will launch a print magazine at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin.

BOXX makes its match with crowdfunding

Tasked with raising $2,000 to leverage a matching amount, Boxx Magazine has turned to GoFundMe and to Eventbrite to help make the match.


News Chops Report

News Chops

Nola Vie partners with public radio

Public broadcasters are finding new ways to engage in more local journalism, especially more investigative and enterprise journalism, than ever before. See how New Orleans does it.

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Carolina Public Press partners with all media in the state

CPP spearheads investigations, trains journalists from around the state, and shares content across the board with any news organization that wants it.

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J-Lab Staff

“Can you create opportunities for citizens to get informed and inform others about micro-news that falls under the radar of traditional news organizations? Can you seed participation in community issues? Can you create a sense of news entrepreneurship? Can you train a new, more diverse generation of journalists in new ways of doing news?”—Jan Schaffer

Jan Schaffer

Photo of Jan SchafferJan Schaffer is the Executive Director for J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, a center at American University’s School of Communication that helps newsrooms, educators and communities use innovative information technologies to develop new ways for people to learn about important public issues. She is a former Business Editor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for The Philadelphia Inquirer and one of the nation’s leading thinkers in the journalism reform movement. She left daily journalism in 1994 to lead pioneering journalism initiatives in the areas of civic journalism, interactive and participatory journalism and citizen media ventures. More…
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Jill Clarke

Project Coordinator,

Jill is J-Lab's Project Coordinator.  Previously, Jill has worked in a range of nonprofits.  At Working Capital she focused on helping entrepreneurs, primarily women and minorities, gain access to small business loans and other resources.  At the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University she worked with journalists, practitioners, and academics looking at policy dilemmas through the lense of human rights issues.  At both the Academy for Educational Development and One Laptop Per Child she worked with colleagues to leverage technology to provide access to information for communities on issues around government accountability and education.  Jill has earned a Master's in Science from Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management in Philanthropy and Media.  Outside of work, she enjoys her toddler and traveling with her family.


Chris Holt

Web & Social Media Editor,

Chris is communications specialist who is interested in international development communications. He taught English as a second language for two years in Turkmenistan as a Peace Corps Volunteer and has traveled professionally to Russia, Tunisia and the Philippines. He returned to Washington, D.C. in August 2011 after living for two-and-a-half years in Paris with his wife and son. He is currently enrolled in the Interactive Journalism graduate program at American University.


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