Blogging, journalism, and credibility... this week's conference at Harvard will be blogged and webcast, and I understand there will be an IRC channel. Those of us with an interest in the conversation will certainly have a chance to listen in. This series of blog postings is aimed at helping those who attend (and I mean that in the broader sense, since physical attendance is limited) know a little more about who is talking and writing. I'm attacking this in alpha order. Or really reverse-blog-alpha order.
<disclosure> The following WebCred Program information includes material from many sources, from Wikipedia and Googling around to focused use of the High Beam Executive Search, a service that's reasonably inexpensive but that I get free because I pestered CBO Chris Locke. </disclosure>
Lee Rainie - Rainie, along with Vint Cerf and others will be a keynote speaker at the Freedom to Connect Conference in Washington DC, March 30 and 31. He is the founding director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The Project has issued more than 90 reports based on surveys and other research on social issues and important public policy questions such as trust and privacy on-line, e-government, intellectual property, broadband adoption, and the digital divides. Prior to receiving the grant, he was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard College and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University. He has his finger on the pulse of blogging, he has experience as a journalist, but if he maintains his own weblog, I haven't found it.
Elspeth Revere - Elspeth Revere is the Director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s General Program. Her responsibilities include designing and implementing special initiatives in fields ranging from engaging young people in community service, to international human rights, to the impact of the digital revolution on society. She also is responsible for making grants representing special opportunities and for implementing the Foundation's program of large institutional grants.
Elspeth joined the Foundation as a program officer in 1991. She was promoted to associate director of the program in 1992, and to director in 1998. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was president of the Woodstock Institute, a nonprofit policy research organization working to increase private sector investment in low-income neighborhoods; Director of Program Development for the city of Chicago's Department of Housing; a senior planner in the Department of Development and Planning; and a consultant on community development projects in the U.S. and Central America. She was a founder and board member of the Women's Self Employment Project and has also served on the boards of directors of the Association of Women in Development and ACCION Chicago. Elspeth holds a master's degree in urban policy and planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Jay Rosen - At last the truth can be told. The journalism professor accompanying Chris Lydon in the American Academy of Art's large conference room was Jay Rosen. (That's not a picture of Jay, that's a picture of Chris Locke in the aforementioned large conference room). All silliness aside, Jay Rosen is among those who clearly have earned the right to attend this conference. He is a blogging journalist, an educator with a fine eye for ethical nuance and gifted with a clear and inclusive writing style. In short, he's a fine essayist who understands the issues.
Tom Rosenstiel - Since 1996, Tom Rosenstiel has been the Director for The Project For Excellence in Journalism - a program initiative financed by the Pew Charitable Trusts to clarify and improve journalism standards. From 1996-97, Mr. Rosenstiel also served as Media Critic for MSNBC. As Vice Chairman of Committee of Concerned Journalist since 1997, Rosenstiel manages a consortium of more than 1,000 journalist engaged in reflection about the values of journalism. As the Chief Congressional Correspondent for Newsweek, 1995 - 1996, he covered the Republican Congressional revolution of 1995 and the Dole presidential election campaign of 1996. From 1983-95 Mr. Rosenstiel worked for the Los Angeles Times as a Media Critic, a Washington correspondent, national correspondent and financial writer. His publications include, The Elements of Journalism: What News-people Should Expect, Crown Publishers, April 2001; Warp Speed: America In The Age Of Mixed Media, The Century Foundation, May 1991; and Strange Bedfellows: How Televisions And The Presidential Candidates Changed American Politics, 1992, Hyperion Press, 1993. Born 1956 in California, Mr. Rosenstiel received his MS in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1980.
Jan Schaffer - Jan Shaffer blogs at New Voices: Blog.
She is the Executive Director for J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, a center at the University of Maryland's College of Journalism that helps newsrooms, educators and communities use innovative information technologies to develop new ways for people to learn about important public issues.
She is the former Executive Director of the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, a $14 million, 10-year journalism reform initiative. The Pew Center helped to fund more than 120 journalism projects that created new ways of reporting that engaged people better in public life and it rewarded excellent projects in a national awards program.
J-Lab is extending the Pew Center’s work by focusing on innovations in the use of information technology. It also administers the national Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.
Schaffer, a former Business Editor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for The Philadelphia Inquirer, brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to her work.
Orville Schell - Orville Schell is the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of 14 books - nine about China, including Virtual Tibet, Mandate of Heaven, and Discos and Democracy. He has also written widely about Asia for Wired, The New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, Harper’s, Newsweek and other national magazines.
Karen G. Schneider - Free Range Librarian - In her blog post on this conference, Karen says: "I made the point to ALA muckety-mucks (as I groveled and licked boots) that we were underwriting a conference to which we were sending no bloggers, journalists, or (outside of OITP staff) librarians. ALA doesn't have a blog, either, making its sponsorship of this conference doubly ironic. (ALA is now talking about establishing a blog. If you are a librarian-writer and you want to be part of that conversation, give me a holler, because I think it would work best as a team effort; in fact, I'll toss my ideas out in a day or two, when I'm not in meetings all day and night.)"
Jack Shafer - Jack Shafer is Editor at Large at Slate.
David Sifry - Sifry is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a variety of technology issues, ranging from wireless spectrum policy, WiFi, Weblogs, and Open Source software. He is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 19 years of software development and industry experience. As founder and CEO of Technorati, Inc., Sifry created the vision and architecture of the world's leading index and search engine for weblogs. Prior to Technorati, Sifry was co-founder and CTO of Sputnik, Inc. from 2002-2003, and co-founder of Linuxcare, Inc., where he served as CTO and VP of Engineering from 1998-2001. He is a recognized expert on open source development, licensing and the Linux operating system and served as a founding member of the board of Linux International and the technical advisory board of the National Cybercrime Training Partnership for law enforcement. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He has a weblog where he comments on issues of the day.
Jane Singer - Jane Singer is a faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa.
That does it for R and S! Check back soon for T through Z. This next section is loaded with past and present Berkman fellows and fellowettes, from Teachout through Weinberger, Winer, Zittrain all the way to Zuckerman. Don't you dare miss it!
Programs! Programs! Can't play the tellers without a program!