Dan Gillmor

by Dan Gillmor

The people who run the Pulitzer Prizes, undoubtedly America’s premier journalism awards, have taken some useful steps into the 21st Century with new rules that welcome online-only entries. From the official rules (PDF): Entries for journalism awards must be based on material coming from a text-based United States newspaper or news organization that publishes—in print [...] more »

by Dan Gillmor

Scott Rosenberg, a former editor at Salon Magazine who’s writing a book on blogging, takes aim at a fact of life for people creating new media online: They have to find ways to be noticed: This is the way the Web works. If this (or any) blog were my primary focus, I’d be out there [...] more »

by Dan Gillmor

Will Bunch recently published a piece at American Journalism Review about journalists’ disconnection with the communities they cover, and wondered if (how) online tools could help them reconnect. Read it all. Here are the thoughts I shared with him in full (edited to remove redundancy now that I’ve added links to previous postings). Q: When [...] more »

by Dan Gillmor

I’ve been advising a San Francisco startup, Flowgram, where Abhay Parekh and his team have come up with a novel Web 2.0 idea.  It’s a system that lets you guide someone through several websites or pages, showing various items — but where the pages and links stay “live” for the user. Here’s a smart one by [...] more »

by Dan Gillmor

For the past several years I’ve been involved in a variety of projects ranging from education to startups. All have involved collaboration, and in most cases the people involved were not in a single location. One tool has risen above the others for helping keep projects running smoothly. It’s called Basecamp, an online collaborative-organizing system, [...] more »

by Dan Gillmor

Are all the good Internet domain names already owned by someone? No — only the obvious ones are taken. Every new enterprise, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, needs a domain name — the identifier that shows up in a brower’s address field. For example, the MediaShift Idea Lab blog lives inside the Public Broadcasting Service’s pbs.org [...] more »

by Dan Gillmor

The irony was deliberate when Steve Outing and Steve Kearsley soft-launched their new online comic strip, techGRL, a week ago today. It’s a humor site, yes, but the goal — “not just a comic strip, but also an online community” — was no April Fools joke. Reinventing comics online is an expanding arena. Mark Fiore and other talented folks have [...] more »

by Dan Gillmor

(Note: I wrote this initially for PR Week magazine. What follows is slightly updated.) A cliche of business holds that good ideas are a dime a dozen; it’s hard work and investment capital that turn them into businesses. As with most cliches, this one has a solid foundation of truth. But something has changed, and [...] more »