Innovating Journalism: A conversation with Jennifer 8. Lee in Tokyo

If journalism is the immune system of a healthy democracy, then the white blood cells have historically been the newspapers, television stations and magazines who have focused their energies on revealing corruption and abuse of power. Now that cell count is dropping due to the cataclysmic shift in media. How will that functionality be replaced?

In a wide-ranging discussion that looks at WikiLeaks, YouTube, local wikis, emerging revenue models, open source technology, and data, Jennifer 8. Lee will share some of her insights from her role at the Knight News Challenge, which awards up to $5 million annually for news innovation.

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 16. 6:30pm.

WHERE: AP Tokyo bureau. Shiodome Media Tower 7F, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo. (Tel 03.6215.8931)

INFO: Free for current and 2011 AAJA members. 1,000 yen for non-members.

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About the speaker

Jennifer 8. Lee, an author and a former New York Times reporter, is a journalist who is focused on investments in the frontiers of news and information in communities. She helps organize a journo-technology group called Hacks/Hackers nationwide and is a consultant on the Knight News Challenge. Her best-selling book, “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles,” led to an interview on The Colbert Report and a talk on General Tso on NPR has called her a “conceptual scoop artist,” in part because she introduced the concept of a “man date.” She graduated with a degree applied math and economics major from Harvard. She was listed in an issue of Esquire “Woman We Love” issue and has a purple hippo whose adventures are on She is a longtime member of AAJA.