Dan Gillmor

by Dan Gillmor

John Darnton is a good novelist, and was a superb journalist in a long career at the New York Times. Now he’s curator of the Polk Awards, one of only a couple of journalism prizes that means anything. (Journalists have a tedious tendency to give themselves prizes, more so than any other business I can […] more »

by Dan Gillmor

As everyone knows, the nation’s scam artists, monopolists and market-riggers have all gone into hibernation during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. This has given the Federal Trade Commission the breathing room it needs to intercede in an arena where its role is, at best, unclear. This week, the commission held a two-day […] more »

by Dan Gillmor

Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, is launching a for-profit news startup in Hawaii, where he and his family live. This is important news, and not just because he’s involved. A few months ago Pierre and Randy Ching founded Peer News. Their first project was a Twitter-related experiment called Ginx, which didn’t get critical mass and […] more »

by Dan Gillmor

A fierce and fascinating debate has broken out over the cover photo on Time magazine’s April 27 print edition. Time paid a pittance for the picture — at least a pittance next to what big magazines normally pay for cover art — and that’s made a lot of professional photographers furious. They should get over […] more »

by Dan Gillmor

When public officials start talking about “protecting the children,” watch out. Those are often code words for whacking civil liberties — and in the Internet age, they go directly to core liberties such as free speech. A breaking-news example is the ugly case of Lori Drew, in which a federal judge is in the process […] more »

by Dan Gillmor

True/Slant’s hybrid model (reporters find their own advertising sponsors) will save journalism! Or not. The Huffington Post is creating tomorrow’s business model for journalism! Or not… Northwestern University’s “computer nerds” will save journalism! Really? Ultra-cheap netbooks could save the media industry! Umm… Journalism Online LLC will save newspapers (!) by helping them charge for what […] more »

by Dan Gillmor

(Note: This posting is from Jeremy Pennycook, a graduate student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. He wrote this originally for our class website.) By Jeremy Pennycook The Internet killed journalism. At least, as we know it.  Legacy media is on a serious decline.  It’s hard to argue with […] more »

by Dan Gillmor

Combining mobility, time and location is becoming one of the most valuable techniques of media creation. Last week, some students and I did a small experiment that demonstrates how easy this is to do, and suggests all kinds of possibilities for journalistic follow-ups. This Flickr map has more than 120 photos, taken by me and […] more »

by Dan Gillmor

Accepting an award from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School for Journalism & Mass Communication several months ago, former PBS NewsHour host Robert McNeil called journalism education probably “the best general education that an American citizen can get” today. Perhaps he was playing to his audience, at least to a degree. Many other kinds of […] more »

by Dan Gillmor

There’s a debate under way in the newspaper/journalism corner of the blogosphere and Twittersphere, spurred by an op-ed commentary in the New York Times earlier this week. The piece, by Yale’s chief investment officer, David Swensen, and his colleague Michael Schmidt, a Yale financial analyst, starts with a questionable idea — that newspapers should be […] more »