Pew Center is spinning off into an exciting new initiative, J-Lab:
The Institute for Interactive Journalism, a venture fund for
interactive news and information.
J-Lab will support newsroom experiments that advance civic participation
in the digital arena and spotlight and reward best practices.
Civic journalism taught us that people accept information when
they own some of it. And they own it, not when it's spoon-fed,
but when they help gather it, discuss it, examine trade-offs and
J-Lab's goal is to empower people to be global and civic players
by pioneering interactive ways to participate in news and information.
J-Lab will solicit interactive news ideas, such as state budget
calculators, clickable maps, environmental-choice games or dynamic
databases. Then it will tap the intellectual muscle of universities
by teaming computer scientists with newsrooms to build the software
that creates easy entry points for people to interact with public
As part of J-Lab, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
will fund a new Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, starting
J-Lab will be a center of the University of Maryland's Philip
Merrill College of Journalism. Check us out at www.j-lab.org.
Jan Schaffer will be executive director. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates on the status of J-Lab, calls for proposals and Batten
entries will be sent to the 20,000 subscribers on the Pew Center's
J-Flash email list. To join the list, email email@example.com.
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