Dan Pacheco

by Dan Pacheco

Tonight is literally the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, so first I want to say Happy New Year to all of you. We’ve learned a lot since winning a Knight News Challenge grant 9 months ago, and are extremely grateful to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for making it […] more »

by Dan Pacheco

Last week, after 6 months of planning and hard work, we officially launched Printcasting, our Knight News Challenge project, in alpha. We’re still busy finishing up the remaining functionality while responding to the excellent feedback and ideas we’re getting from alpha testers. And we are going full speed ahead toward a March 2 launch of […] more »

by Dan Pacheco

One of the most exciting times in the development of any new product is when concepts begin to give way to reality. That’s the phase we’re entering now with Printcasting, our Knight News Challenge project to democratize print publishing and make print advertising affordable for local businesses. After three months of working with conceptual mockups […] more »

by Dan Pacheco

In the roughly 14 years that I’ve been in the online industry, I’ve learned that it’s really easy to focus so much on what you’re going to build that you can easily forget about why you’re building it and who’s going to use it. The key questions to constantly remind yourself of are: Who’s going […] more »

by Dan Pacheco

In Chicago this week, I had a conversation with fellow News Challenge winner David Cohn (creator of the very cool Spot Us community-funded reporting system) that got me thinking. David is skeptical of relying too much on advertising to fund journalism. He has various reasons for this which he can explain much better than I, […] more »

by Dan Pacheco

Next week I’m leading a discussion at a conference run by the Knight Digital Media center about innovation within newspapers. The topic of the conference is “Transforming News Organizations for the Digital Now.” They’ve asked me to talk about two things: The “ecology of innovation.” What type of environment fosters innovation best? Provide examples of […] more »

by Dan Pacheco

As I delve more into Printcasting, I’ve been learning about the relatively new and growing POD movement — which stands for Print on Demand. And every new leaf I turn over is another confirmation of what we suspected when we originally entered Printcasting into the Knight News Challenge. There’s an all-out technology revolution happening with […] more »

by Dan Pacheco

I’ve spent the last couple weeks with my head in the wires, so to speak, thinking about things like technology platforms. And lest you hear that term and begin to tune out, stay with me. The reality is that in today’s media, all of us are need to be a little semi-geek (to quote Amy […] more »

by Dan Pacheco

In the 13 years I’ve been involved in online media, I’ve learned firsthand how dangerous it can be to be lead by ideology. Ideals are great, but if you become too invested in them they can blind you to the real needs of the customers you’re trying to serve. And when it comes to innovation […] more »