Dan Pacheco

by Dan Pacheco

Updated Nov. 5, 2:15 p.m. EDT. While I’ve been blogging on Idea Lab since 2008, this is my first post since starting my new job as the Peter Horvitz Chair of Journalism Innovation at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School. In that role, I’m adopting an Idea Lab “beat” that I call “Journovation“ that seeks to [...] more »

by Dan Pacheco

The shift from print to mobile reading went into overdrive this holiday season, with ownership of e-readers like the Kindle and tablets like the iPad doubling in a single month. A new survey-based study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project reports that the percentage of adults owning tablet computers went from 10% to [...] more »

by Dan Pacheco

Last week, BookBrewer had the great honor to be chosen by The Huffington Post, which used our platform to create and distribute its first e-book: “A People’s History of the Great Recession” by Arthur Delaney. They’re already working on their second, “How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”  by [...] more »

by Dan Pacheco

Last night, on the eve of the latest Knight News Challenge winner announcement, I was reflecting back on what I’ve learned from working on BookBrewer — a project that grew out of the 2008 Knight News Challenge-funded Printcasting — and what it says about how packaging and consumer expectations affect the monetary value content. These [...] more »

by Dan Pacheco

This has been one of the most amazing, rewarding and surreal weeks of my life. Borders has chosen BookBrewer — the first product of my startup, FeedBrewer, which grew out of a News Challenge grant — to power the engine for its e-book self-publishing service. You can read about our partnership in the official press [...] more »

by Dan Pacheco

Last week at MIT’s annual Future of News and Civic Media conference, I stood on the stage with Knight Foundation CEO Alberto Ibargüen and made an announcement. FeedBrewer Inc., a new company I co-founded with two other Printcasting team members, is donating 6 percent of its corporate stock to a brand new Knight Media Innovation [...] more »

by Dan Pacheco

About two years ago, I wrote up an idea for how to leverage standardized web content to create locally-targeted publications with less time, money and software than ever before. The technology and content would be digital, but the output would be optimized for physical distribution as printable PDF magazines. That concept became Printcasting and it [...] more »

by Dan Pacheco

Do niche print magazines still have a role to play in the digital age? Media outlets in five different cities around the world are using the Printcasting publishing network to try and answer this question. We’ve added three partners in two weeks. They are: La República, one of the leading newspapers in Lima, Perú. El [...] more »

by Dan Pacheco

A funny thing happens when you win a contest like the Knight News Challenge. Suddenly, what was once just a wacky idea that you threw into a web form becomes a long list of things you have to do. And those of you who are lucky enough to be filling out a full Knight News [...] more »

by Dan Pacheco

We’ve had a busy few months with Printcasting, launching some significant new features and engaging in a number of partnership discussions. I’ll get into the features and partners later in this post, but what I’m most excited about right now is that people are using the service to bring previously all-digital content into the physical [...] more »