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Beefing up the Journalism in Local Public Broadcasting

News ChoppsLocal public broadcasters are find new ways to engage in more local news - especially more investigative journalism - than ever before. Read the report.

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Networked Journalism: What Works

Lessons from Nine Collaborative Journalism Pilot Projects

Engaging AudiencesThree years ago, J-Lab funded nine pilot projects that invited eight newspapers and one public radio station to partner with news start-ups in their communities. Results are in! View them here.

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Engaging Audiences: Measuring Interactions, Engagement and Conversions

Engaging AudiencesThe rise of social media tools in recent years has empowered online news startups, but most say they cannot lasso data to track whether they are turning users into supporters who will help their sites survive..

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Philadelphia Enterprise Reporting Awards

image Journalism partnerships that received small awards to do 14 in-depth reporting projects produced more than 300 stories, blogs, podcasts, videos, databases and maps. They offer a replicable roadmap for jumpstarting public affairs reporting and media collaboration. View the press release and the report on the first year.

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Rules of the Road: Navigating the New Ethics of Local Journalism

Ethics coverWith journalism entrepreneurs launching local news startups at a rapid pace, the local news landscape is evolving - and so are the rules of the road guiding ethical decisions.

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The Knight Community News Network helps people learn journalism skills and track new trends to publish community news sites. Its sister site,, offers tips and tools for using software and hardware to create community news sites. They are published by J-Lab.

The latest from J-Lab

Women Media Entrepreneurs Summit Women Media Entrepreneurs Summit

Women media entrepreneurs gathered to hear about what works for media startups. Sept. 12, Washington, D.C.

Read Twitter highlights on Storify.

News Chops coverNews Chops: A New J-Lab Report Out

J-Lab examines the efforts of public broadcasters to expand news coverage through partnerships in "News Chops: Beefing up the Journalism in Local Public Broadcasting."

J-Lab on PBS MediaShift

J-Lab's Jan Schaffer shares her thoughts on a recent Pew study on nonprofit journalism, saying that nonprofit j-sites need diversified revenues.

Activist Journalism - Urban MilwaukeeActivist Journalism

In the future of journalism, advocacy may not always be a dirty word - check out this article in Nieman Lab by J-Lab's Jan Schaffer.

Amy WebbDC Startup Forum

CEO of Webbmedia Group Amy Webb spoke at American University on April 18 for the DC Startup Forum, sponsored by J-Lab, WAMU, and American University. Get great insights from past discussions in this exciting speaker series for media entrepreneurs.

2013 NMWE grantees announced

$56,000 in startup funding awarded to four women-led news projects.

j-lab on pbs mediashift

Read this article on J-Lab's Networked Journalism report, with answers to collaborative journalism.

journalism in 2013

Jan Schaffer says j-schools will breed entrepreneurs in prediction for Nieman Lab.

See the Video: The Rise of University News Startups

A J-Lab panel discussion on university news sites from the AEJMC convention: 08/11/12.

Trending: University News Sites

Jan's blog: journalism schools around the country are starting to give their students new news opportunities.

Entrepreneuring 4.0

J-Lab put on this workshop for news startups at ONA 2012 on 09/20.



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Hollow - An Interactive Documentary
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Networked Journalism: What Works

This Knight-funded report looks at nine projects in journalism collaboration. Called "an excellent, must read study."