Jody Brannon leads Next America, an integrated editorial initiative that explores demographic shifts impacting American democracy, among other editorial matters. A former newspaper and magazine writer and editor, she has worked exclusively in online news since 1995, for The Washington Post, USA TODAY and MSN. From 2008 through 2011, she directed News21.com, part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education that emphasized innovative forms of storytelling. She serves on the boards of J-Lab, as chair, and the Online News Association as secretary and chair of the Education Committee. Brannon holds three journalism degrees (Seattle, American and Maryland); her 1999 dissertation, “Maximizing the Medium,” examined online news operations at ABC, NPR and USA TODAY.