January 17, 2022

"PressForward: A New Project Aims to Rethink Scholarly Communication For the Age of New Media Journalism"

From the Nieman Journalism Lab Blog:

Today, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University launches PressForward, a new discovery portal and publishing platform for scholarship and intellectual discussion on the web.

The big idea of PressForward is to create a digital-first alternative to the cumbersome mechanisms of traditional gatekeepers — academic journals — while keeping main benefits of print publication and peer review: their ability to concentrate a community’s attention around the best emergent writing and research. The project is bankrolled through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Digital Information Technology program


What’s unusual about PressForward, at least for a university venture, is that it both draws inspiration from new media journalism and seeks to include it in the new wave of digital scholarship. As CHNM’s Dan Cohen writes, “the web has found ways to filter the abundance of online work, ranging from the tech world (Techmeme) to long-form posts (The Browser), which act as screening agents for those interested in an area of thought or practice.”

With those examples in mind, PressForward’s genesis was animated by two questions: “What if we could combine the best of the scholarly review process with the best of open-web filters? What if we had a scholarly communication system that was digital first?”

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The initiative, led by Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt, is generously funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. PressForward’s advisory board includes leading thinkers and doers in publishing and scholarly communication:

See Also: The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University are the people that offers some wonderful (and free) web tools including  Zotero (biblio management, we also use it to archive web pages); Omeka (web publishing platform for collections); Scribe (notetaking app); and Timeline Builder.  All of these tools are free to download and use.

Actually, the Rosenzweig Center provides many more resources. Here’s a web page full of tools.

See Also: PressForward on Twitter

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.