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Janet Coats About Janet Coats

Janet has been a journalist for 25 years. As an editor, she focused on changing newsrooms from a focus on “telling the news’’ to a culture emphasizing journalism as a dialogue.

Coats2Coats work, partners in the news

It’s been a hectic and productive fall already at Coats2Coats. As is often the case, work that we’ve been quietly toiling away on for the last year or more has suddenly started popping up with results all over the place. Here’s a quick roundup of all that popping: Local Media Consortium: On Monday, the Newspaper Consortium, […]

Independent publishers are poised for a business breakthrough

We were deep into the final session at the Community Journalism Executive Training session on Thursday when Teresa Wippel uttered the sentence that summed up this experience: “I’m excited about breaking this thing open!’’ said Teresa. When I first met Teresa in 2010, she was publisher of My Edmonds News, a site serving Edmonds, Wash. […]

Reports from the independent news front: Progress!

I’m in California this week, where we’ve been working with 20 independent news publishers on business sustainability. An inspirational group, they’ve filled me with fresh optimism about the future of journalism. I’m working on a longer post about this event, called Community Journalism Executive Training (CJET), which I’ll share at the first of the week. […]

Online Journalism Awards nominees reflect company we keep at C2C

When nominations for the Online Journalism Awards were announced on Monday, I found a fair amount in common between that list and the work we’ve done at Coats2Coats during the last couple of years. A quick scan of the nominees showed several sites that I’ve gotten to know quite well through our work — all […]

How a Google Doodle made me cry

I had every intention of getting right to work this morning, but then I got trapped by the Google Doodle. If you haven’t seen today’s Doodle, do yourself a favor and go to it right now. The Doodle commemorates the 151st anniversary of French composer Claude Debussy’s birth with an animation of a Paris evening set […]

Bezos, The Post, and the business we’re really in

I was tearing through drawers in my office this week, looking for one of the 99 pieces of “signed by a parent” paperwork my kids need for back to school, when I ran smack-dab into myself, back when I was “the face of new journalism.” There I was, on the cover of the April 1996 […]

It takes more than love to sustain an independent news site

“I started this out of love.’’ This is one of the phrases I heard more than once – more than a few times – from our New Jersey Community Journalism Executive Training participants. It is the common characteristic of all entrepreneurial journalists that they have started their site – be it community, investigative, niche or […]

LION at 100: A round of applause for local indy publishers

Starting a new organization from scratch is no easy task. Now imagine you are trying to start that organization while you’re running your own startup business. Not many folks would even dare to undertake it. But the Local Independent Online News Publishers don’t back away from a challenge. This week, LION announced that is has […]

The most important work I’ve done in journalism

Like most people who get into the business, I became a journalist because I wanted to write. I wound up spending most of my career as an editor, not a writer. And I spent most of my time as an editor really as a manager — directing people, not changing copy. Somewhere along the line, […]

Indy publishers and passion: It takes than love for journalism

The whole idea of the business mentoring work we’ve done with local independent publishers has been that having a coach makes a difference. One my professional mentors told me once that we all need a lifeguard. Nobody can figure out how to do everything on her own. I can think of no place where that […]