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Jan Schaffer, Executive Director | E-mail: jans AT j-lab DOT org
Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism (, runs the nationís most successful incubator for news entrepreneurs and is a leading thinker on the emerging new media landscape. A former Business Editor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for The Philadelphia Inquirer, she left daily journalism in 1994 to lead pioneering journalism initiatives in civic journalism, interactive and participatory journalism and citizen media ventures. She launched J-Lab in 2002 to help newsrooms use innovative computer technologies to engage people in important public issues. Currently, Schaffer serves as a speaker, trainer, author, consultant and Web publisher on the future of journalism and is a regular discussion leader for the American Press Institute and other industry organizations. More...

J-Learning is an initiative of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. J-LabTM is an incubator for innovative, participatory news experiments and is a center of American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.C.
J-Learning was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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