NYU Hyperlocal

Featured Participants

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Melissa Bailey is managing editor of the New Haven Independent, an online-only, hyperlocal news site that launched in September 2005. It has been recognized nationally as a leader in the first wave of professionally run daily news sites that emerged in the wake of cutbacks at print publications. A Yale College graduate, Bailey was the lead reporter for the Middletown (CT) Press before joining the Independent in 2006.
David Dahl is the Boston Globe’s regional editor, overseeing the Globe’s twice a week suburban print sections and boston.com’s Your Town hyperlocal websites that cover 50 communities in and around Boston. Prior to his current position, Dahl served as the political editor for overseeing the paper’s coverage of politics in the state of Massachusetts. Dahl has worked for the Boston Globe since 2003, helping to oversee coverage of gay marriage, the 2004 Democartic National Convention and the early stirrings of Governor Mitt Romney’s potential presidential campaign. Before coming to the Globe, he worked at the St. Petersburg Times for 20 years, where he held a variety of reporting and edting positions in local, state and national news. He was in the Times’ Washington, D.C. bureau for ten years, including four as bureau chief. He and his wife Kathy, a book editor, have two children, Matthew and Sarah.
Frances Dinkelspiel has published hundreds of stories in news outlets like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle and People Magazine and now finds herself back where her journalism career started: covering local news. She is one of the co-founders and editors of Berkeleyside, a community news site that launched in the fall of 2009 to provide coverage for one of America’s most interesting and vocal cities. She is the author of the bestseller Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California (St. Martin’s Press, 2008) and has also taught at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Jessica DurkinJessica Durkin is the community manager for Block by Block, a hyperlocal news publisher network supported by The Patterson Foundation’s New Media Journalism Initiative. In that role Jessica monitors the independent news space and researches its infrastructure for sustainability. As a 2010 New America Foundation Knight Media Policy fellow, Jessica studied the Scranton, Penn., news ecosystem based on objectives advanced by the Knight Commission on Information Needs of a Democracy. Jessica is a former print reporter and in 2009 started InOtherNews.us, a blog tracking independent news start-ups. She is on the board of directors for non-commercial community radio station WFTE-FM in Scranton and served a two-year term on the board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
In 1995, Debra Galant was asked to write a cover story for the Jersey section of The New York Times on the subject of suburban etiquette. Little did she know that suburban etiquette would become her beat, or that the story would lead to a five-year column in the newspaper of record. Since that first cover story, Debra has written hundreds of articles and columns for the Times, on topics ranging from kitchen envy to nudist colonies. She has also penned many magazine-length articles, including profiles of Princeton University’s controversial ethicist Peter Singer and of Montclair cosmetics guru Bobbi Brown. In May 2004, Debra started Baristanet.com, one of the first of new breed of websites that use the blog platform to cover local news. Baristanet was named #1 placeblog in America in January, 2007. She also posts to blog, The Angst Report.

Mary Ann Giordano has been at The New York Times since 2002, as New York political editor, New York regional editor, deputy Style editor, deputy national politics editor and most recently as deputy Metro editor in charge of hyperlocal and collaborative journalism. She helped found and run The Local, a small chain of experimental Web sites in the New York region, and is embarked on a new local news start-up for nytimes.com.

Before coming to The Times, she worked at The New York Observer; The Daily News; Manhattan Lawyer; The Record of Bergen County, N.J.; The Miami Herald; and the now-defunct Herald Statesman of Yonkers, her hometown newspaper. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Jeff Jarvis author of What Would Google Do? (HarperCollins 2009), blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program and the new business models for news project at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor and a partner at Daylife, a news startup. He writes a new media column for The Guardian and is host of its Media Talk USA podcast. He consults for media companies. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today.
Richard G. Jones is an award-winning journalist who has spent 15 years as a reporter. He has worked at The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. A two-time winner of The New York Times Publisher’s Award, Rich‘s reporting has been honored with awards from numerous organizations including the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the Press Club of Long Island, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the Education Writers Association. Rich is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where he holds a Scripps Howard Doctoral Fellowship. He has served as an adjunct professor at Merrill and his research interests include diversity in the media, journalism history and the economics of digital media.

Brooke KroegerBrooke Kroeger directs Global and Joint Program Studies and is the faculty liaison for The Local East Village, the collaborative community news and information site of NYU Journalism and the New York Times. She was department chair from 2005-2008 and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s inaugural director from 2008-2011.

She is the author of the forthcoming Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception and three previous books: Passing: When People Can’t Be Who They Are (Fall 2003), Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst (1999) and Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist (1994).

As a journalist, she worked for Newsday, serving as UN Correspondent and as a deputy metropolitan editor for New York Newsday. This followed an eight-year stint overseas in the Scripps Howard days of United Press International with postings in Chicago, Brussels, London and Tel Aviv. She was Tel Aviv bureau chief for three years before returning to London to serve as the agency’s chief editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She started with the wire service in its Chicago bureau, and over the course of four years, wrote about everything from local and state politics to sports. Her freelanced work has appeared in various magazines as well as in the New York Times, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. She was the principal consultant for the PBS documentary on Nellie Bly for “The American Experience: Around the World in 72 Days.” Reviews of her books and a selection of her work can be viewed on her website.

Michele McLellan is a journalist and consultant who works on projects that help foster a healthy local news ecosystem. She works with foundation-funded community news start ups on behalf of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is lead programming consultant for Knight Digital Media Center at the University of Southern California.

As a 2009-10 fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, she created Michele’s List of promising community news sites and organized Block by Block: Community News Summit 2010, which she co-hosted with Jay Rosen. With support from The Patterson Foundation she is currently creating a database of community news sites and organizing Block by Block: Community News Summit 2011.

From 2003-07, she directed Tomorrow’s Workforce, a $2.5 million Knight Foundation project that demonstrated the link between strategic newsroom training, newsroom culture and a news organization’s ability to adapt and innovate. She is a journalist who worked for more than 25 years as an editor and manager in newspapers, most recently at The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2001-02, she has taught journalism and journalism ethics nationally and internationally, and is an author of two books, “The Newspaper Credibility Handbook” and, with Tim Porter, “News, Improved: How America’s Newsrooms Are Learning to Change.” Her article, “Emerging Economics of Community News,” appeared in Pew’s annual State of the News Media 2011 report.

Howard Owens is originally from San Diego California, where he started his journalism career 20 years ago as co-publisher of a community weekly. He has been a daily newspaper reporter and editor. In 1995, he launched East County Online, a web site for six community weeklies in San Diego County. It was the first web site serving a group of weekly papers. He was director of new media for the Ventura County Star, which won the Online News Association’s General Excellence Award in 2004. In 2005, he was VP of Interactive for the Bakersfield Californian. Bakersfield.com won a General Excellence award from the Inland Press Association. From 2006 until 2009, he was director of digital publishing for GateHouse Media based in Fairport, NY. He is a former member of the Newspaper Association of America’s Digital Media Federation board and served on NAA’s audience development committee. Howard’s email address is howard@thebatavian.com, and he is the publisher of The Batavian.
Jay Rosen has been on the journalism faculty at New York University since 1986; from 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. He lives in New York City.
Rosen is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he introduced in September 2003. In June 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression. In April 2007 PressThink recorded its two millionth visit. He is also active on twitter.
Jim Schachter is associate managing editor of The New York Times/NYTimes.com, where he directs a range of projects aimed at expanding The Time’s footprint online and in print and leads the development of news-driven products with commercial appeal. Recently, he launched a direct-to-e-book publishing program for The Times and oversaw the creation of a social viewing platform that was successfully introduced on Oscar night. He directed the relaunch of The Times’ online business report at NYTimes.com/BusinessDay, and leads a team that has introduced local newspages in copies of The Times sold in Bay Area, Chicago, and Texas, forging innovative collaborations with non-profit news start-ups in those regions. Closer to home, Mr. Schachter, directs a pilot project, The Local that develops hyperlocal Web sties teaming professional journalists, leading journalism schools and local residents to cover the news of everyday life. The Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Local is a collaboration with the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Joel Sucherman has been a pioneer in the field of new media for nearly 20 years. Sucherman is NPR’s Program Director for Project Argo, building a network of topic-focused, geographically based Websites for NPR and public media stations. Prior to NPR, Sucherman’s role could best be described as chief digital evangelist for USA TODAY, helping a traditional print organization re-imagine storytelling on various digital platforms. An accomplished multimedia journalist, Sucherman led teams that pioneered some of USATODAY.com’s most innovative features, including the award winning USA TODAY iPhone app. Sucherman spearheaded USA TODAY’s early blogging, social media and ‘Web 2.0’ applications. He started up the first audio and video streaming unit at USA TODAY and spent several years as a radio reporter on Capitol Hill.
Carll Tucker is Founder, Editor and Publisher of Main Street Connect, a national community news company. From 1981 to 1999, he was Editor and Publisher of Trader Publications, Inc., a community news company based in Cross River, NY. Prior to that, he was Editor and Publisher of Saturday Review magazine and a staff writer and theater critic for The Village Voice in New York City. He served as Chairman of Northern Westchester Hospital Center and Founding Chairman of Northern Westchester Hospital Center Foundation, and on the boards of the Caramoor Center for Music, Milbank Memorial Fund, and Bank of New York, among others. He is the author of “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” (2008).
Daniel VictorDaniel Victor is working on a hyperlocal project at Philly.com. He most recently was a community host at TBD.com, which some people have called a hyperlocal site but really was more of a regional site for Washington, D.C. Before that he spent four years as a community reporter at The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News. He’s @bydanielvictor on Twitter, and you can find his blog at bydanielvictor.com.
Dave Winer, 55, is a visiting scholar at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City. His website is Scripting.com.