Jan Schaffer is executive director and founder of J-Lab, one of the nation’s most successful incubators for news entrepreneurs and innovators.
She launched J-Lab, a spinoff of the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, to help newsrooms use digital technologies to engage people in public issues.
Previously, she was a reporter and editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she won a Pulitzer Prize for helping to report a series of stories on police abuses.
Through her centers, she has pioneered initiatives in civic, interactive, and participatory journalism and citizen media ventures.
She has funded 224 startups and pilot projects and created training resources in how to launch and sustain media startups.
Currently, she is a speaker, educator, researcher, trainer, author, consultant, and Web publisher on the future of journalism and civic engagement.
In addition to teaching at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, she teaches media entrepreneurship at American University in Washington, D.C.