Category Archives: Ben Franklin Project

Overcoming burnout on the road to ‘digital first’

“We will be and are burning people out.” That quote from John Paton led the final paragraph of a Jan. 15 Los Angeles Times profile on his “digital first, print last” transformation of Journal Register Company and Media News Group. … Continue reading

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Journal Register Company’s Ben Franklin Project leads to crowdsourced community revitalization

A big announcement is planned tomorrow in Journal Register Company newspaper town Torrington, Connecticut. After years of empty storefronts, absentee landlords and lack of progress on efforts to revitalize its struggling downtown, three local investors have stepped up to purchase … Continue reading

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Ben Franklin means better journalism

The most important benefit of Journal Register Co.’s Ben Franklin Project? Better journalism. The company made history last night by sending 18 daily newspapers to press using only free, open-source, Web-based tools to produce them, and using crowdsourcing techniques to … Continue reading

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What we’re getting from Ben Franklin

A colleague asked me yesterday what our company was really “getting” from The Ben Franklin Project at the end of the day, and whether it was worth all the time and focus staff at 19 daily newspapers (well, 18, since … Continue reading

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