J-Lab
American University
School of Communication
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Washington, DC 20016-8178
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SPOTLIGHT

"Study Measures Civic Journalism's Impact"
At least one fifth of all U.S. daily newspapers practiced some form of civic journalism between 1994 and 2001 -- and their editors say it made a positive difference.

- See Jan Schaffer's 2002 SPJ Headliner Presentation

"The Role of Newspapers in Building Citizenship"
Civic journalism helped to change citizens, their communities and journalism itself. Keynote by Jan Schaffer, Pew Center director, at the 5th Brazilian Newspaper Congress, São Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 13, 2004.
- Read the speech
- See the PowerPoint presentation (5.4 MB)

"Publications Still Available"
Pew Center publications and videos are still available while supplies last. Mailing costs apply

."J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism"
www.j-lab.org
The Pew Center has spun off into an exciting new initiative. J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. J-Lab, based at the University of Maryland, helps news organizations use innovative computer technologies to develop new ways for people to engage in critical public policy issues. It also spotlights cutting-edge journalism through a new Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism. See some interactive examples.

"Civic Journalism Archives"
Pew Center funded projects, exhibits, reports and Batten Award entries are being archived at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison for future research. Contact: Helmut Knies, (608) 264-6478, hmknies@whs.wisc.edu

"PJNet.org is created"
The Public Journalism Network, a professional association of civic and public journalists, was launched in January 2003. Check out www.PJNet.org

"Women Editors: The Great Divide"
Just one in 5 of the nation's top female editors said they definitely wanted to move up in the news industry, and almost 1 in 2 (45%) are looking to change newsrooms or leave the business altogether. But this 2002 report by the Pew Center and API finds that the great divide in newsrooms is not between women and men, but between two subsets of women: the Career-Confident and Career-Conflicted. See the full report, "The Great Divide: Female Leadership in U.S. Newsrooms." (PDF)