The Fear and Terror of Launching a New Journalism Program at the New School

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By: Heather Chaplin | PBS MediaShift

Since September, I’ve been director of a new program at The New School called Journalism + Design. I’ve been fighting to get this program off the ground for more than four years, and now that it’s here, I exist in a state of constant terror.

I can explain with ease what we’re trying to do with the program, and I believe down to the soles of my feet that what we’re doing is important and right. We think design is a natural ally of journalism and could be a crucial part of helping journalism flourish in today’s vastly complex and competitive media ecosystem. We think it can help us forge a participatory journalism that puts the people we serve first.

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