The Future of News

Andrew Nachison (We Media), Nick Bilton (The New York Times R&D Labs), Jeff Jarvis (, Susan Mernit (BlogHer), Matt Thompson (Reynolds Journalism Institute)
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If we accept that media will never return to its pre-Internet form, what lies ahead for news? How will we use current and future digital tools to craft and disseminate information? What lessons can publishers of all types learn from the news industry’s digital transition? A panel of media experts will discuss these topics and others in this forward-looking session.

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Andrew Nachison

We Media

Andrew is co-founder and CEO of iFOCOS and a partner of The We Media Group, a business foresight, design and consulting firm. Andrew is an internationally recognized expert on communications, technology and cultural trends and a leading advocate for applying media tools and techniques to make the world a better place for everyone. He is a writer and online publishing veteran who learned from remarkable teachers: the art of fiction from novelist Frank McCourt, computer programming from BASIC creator John Kemeney, and social activism from Pacific island nuclear testing witness and author David Bradley.

He has reported and edited for The Associated Press; written for The New York Times, Infoworld, Audubon and other magazines; managed one of the world’s most ambitious small-market newspaper Web sites,; played clarinet at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall; studied wildlife, development and environmental policy in Kenya; spoken on media convergence and business strategies in Asia and Europe; and currently serves on the advisory boards of the World Editors’ Forum and NewsTrust.

He has published one piece of short fiction, written many others ( and swears there’s more to come. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Dartmouth College and lives with his wife and two sons in Reston, Virginia. Connect with Andrew in The We Media Community:

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Nick Bilton

The New York Times R&D Labs

Nick Bilton is a Designer, User Interface Specialist, Technologist, Journalist, Hardware Hacker, Researcher, etc. etc.

Nick has worked in numerous different industries within the context of design, research & development, technology and storytelling. He is currently the Design Integration Editor for The New York Times and the User Interface Specialist & Lead Researcher for The New York Times Research & Development Lab working on a variety of research projects and exploring technologies that could become commonplace in the next 2-10 years. His work in the R&D Labs includes exploring and prototyping content and interaction on futuristic flexible digital displays, a vast array of mobile applications and devices, Times Reader, Print-to-mobile SMS, Semacode integration, content in the living room and context aware sensors. Nick is also the co-founder, with Michael Young, or, a startup within The New York Times that helps people shift content easily between multiple devices. Shifd recently won ‘Best overall Hack’ at last years Yahoo! Hack Day. Nick’s work has been profiled regularly in multiple books, magazines, newspapers and websites.

Outside of The Times, Nick helped co-found NYCResistor, a hacker space in Brooklyn which offers hardware and programming classes and allows people to collectively work on innovative open source hardware and robotics projects.

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Jeff Jarvis

JEFF JARVIS is the author of What Would Google Do? (Collins, January). He blogs about media and news at and as a columnist for the Guardian. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor of Daylife, a news startup. 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.

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Susan Mernit


Susan Mernit is co-founder of People’s Software Company, a TechStars 2008 incubator company, and the Program Evangelist/Consultant for the 2008-09 Knight News Challenge, awarding $5MM to support innovative local projects that expand online news and community discourse. Passionate about women’s issues and women entrepreneurs, she recently led a guerilla action to mentor women applying to ycombinator, an early stage tech incubator.

She is a BlogHer contributing editor on Sex & Relationships, a former exec at Yahoo, AOL, Netscape and Advance Internet, and a dedicated blogger and long time media/social media consultant.

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Matt Thompson

Reynolds Journalism Institute

Matt Thompson is a 2008-09 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, working on a prototype of a news website inspired by Wikipedia and blogging about his research at He is currently on sabbatical from his position as deputy Web editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he led the creation of the Edgie-award-winning, socially networked arts-and-entertainment website While managing the development, community and production of, he also managed technology and interactivity-related projects for, from creating an internal taxonomy to transforming the online opinion section into a blog. Before the Star Tribune, Matt was an online reporter/producer for the Fresno Bee, winning first- and third-place Best of the West awards in 2004 for his multimedia projects. At the Bee, he led an internal advisory committee exploring the paper’s strategies for acquiring new audiences. He worked at the Poynter Institute from 2003-04 as the Naughton Fellow for Online Reporting and Writing. While at Poynter, he and his colleague Robin Sloan produced the Flash movie, a picture of the media past set 10 years in the future, which was written up in the New York Times, Financial Times, USA Today, the Guardian, on MSNBC, and elsewhere.

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