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- Jan Schaffer Professor of entrepreneurial journalism, American University and executive director, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism; @janjlab
- Scott Brodbeck Founder, ARLnow and Reston Now and board member, Local Independent Online News Publishers Association; @scottbrodbeck
- Josh Kurtz Co-founder and editor, Maryland Matters; @joshkurtznews
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