Journal Register Appoints First Members of ?ideaLab? to Experiment With Newspaper Technology

By: E&P Staff

Journal Register Co. CEO John Paton named the first members of the company’s new “ideaLab,” a group that will get free time and a monthly stipend to experiment with technology.

“For the next 12 months these colleagues will be charged with experimenting with the latest technology and tools to help our company think differently about what we do and how we do it,” Paton wrote in his blog Sunday. “To do that, we are equipping them with the latest tools – iPhones, iPads and Netbooks (or they can substitute that list with Droids or other non-Apple products). We are also providing them with 10 hours of paid free time per week to experiment and because we know they will do many more hours than that we are also providing a $500 per month stipend.”

The 15 employees, plus three “honorary” members, are to report at least once a month to Paton and Jon Cooper, JRC’s vice president of content, on ideas and developments.

IdeaLab members include reporters, editors, salespeople and information technology workers at a variety of its newspapers.

The list of names is here.

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