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New Media Consortium Suddenly Folds

December 20, 2017

The nonprofit New Media Consortium stunned many academics and educational technology partisans Monday by announcing via email that it was shutting down immediately. The email blamed the closure, insolvency and Chapter 7 bankruptcy on what it called "apparent errors and omissions by its former controller and chief financial officer."

The consortium of colleges, museums, companies and other entities concerned with new forms of media would have turned 25 years old in 2018. It was probably best known for producing (often with other organizations, such as Educause) the Horizon Report, an annual look at the state of new forms of learning technologies, but it also sponsored conferences, lines of research and digital education projects.

Fans of the organization bemoaned its apparent fate on Twitter, and in an extended blog post, Bryan Alexander, a longtime NMC collaborator and former research director there, worried about the fate of the consortium's staff, the community of scholars and others it had nurtured, and its legacy of work products.

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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