New clues to the content and sustainability of journalism are all around us. They are melding good reporting, a sense of place, a passion for community, and information that adds value. To really reconstruct journalism, we need to follow these breadcrumbs, make sense of the patterns and re-imagine what news and information needs to be for the future—not just how we pay for it.

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Jan Schaffer is executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. J-Lab, a center of American University\'92s School of Communication in Washington, D.C, helps journalists and citizens use digital technologies to develop new ways for people to participate in public life.