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Journalists have always known the importance of location; hence datelines on stories. But journalism has been relatively slow to understand the potential of new tools – for media creation and consumption – that expand the information ecosystem.
Database-focused projects like Everyblock.com are a window into a portion of journalism’s future, but the possibilities grow with smart phones and other mobile devices — which create information that is automatically date-stamped, time-stamped, location-stamped and more.
The potential grows when we include information that the public can contribute. We’ll look at a variety of tools and services, and brainstorm to come up with new approaches for community-based information.
Dan Gillmor is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and Kauffman Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. The project aims to help students appreciate the startup culture of risk-taking, and to foster new media products and services.
Dan is also director of the Center for Citizen Media, a project to enhance and expand grassroots media and its reach. The center is an affiliate of ASI and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People” (O’Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens’ media and why it matters.
From 1994 until early 2005 Dan was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont. During 2005 he worked on media projects at Grassroots Media Inc.