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Idea Lab: Why should you be picked?

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If you haven’t read John Paton’s call for nominations for the Journal Register Company idea lab you need to.

And if you haven’t read JRC adviser Jay Rosen’s comment about it (it’s below) … you should!

Jay Rosen Says:
May 24, 2010 at 11:47 am | Reply

It’s great that people from the company are nominating themselves, expressing their enthusiasm, and listing some of the things they have done to push forward with “digital first.”

But to my mind this is not nearly enough.

If you really want to be part of the IdeaLab team–and I have no role in the selections, this is just my advice–you should be identifying some of the key problems you’d like to work on with your 10 hours a week; you should show how these problems have company-wide significance; you should mention some of the new tools and technologies you wish to investigate and evaluate as possible solutions for JRC; you should declare yourself on a hunt for best practices in the particular spheres you wish to focus on and ID those spheres; you should explain how you are going to turn your newspaper and your job into a laboratory for the “digital first” program at JRC; you should add links to the sorts of things you plan to check into; and if you can you should paraphrase in your own words what you think the Ben Franklin project and related moves have demonstrated so far, so that you can also say in your own words how you would extend, re-direct or deepen that initial progress.

What I’ve seen so far in this thread is a good start. But only a start. If you want to be part of the Lab you should be kicking ass on the “pick me because…” part.


Written by Jon Cooper

May 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm