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"Citizen Gain": The New, New Journalism and Governance

Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:

Best-selling author Steven Johnson (recently on the cover of TIME magazine with an feature article on Twitter and innovation) has frequently written about how we get our news and the relationship of citizens to each other and to news and events in hyperlocal settings. He co-founded OutsideIn, “the best place to discover news happening around you. We make it easy to find stories, events, and local discussions happening in your neighborhood, within your city, or even on your block. Thousands of sources—including local bloggers, newspapers, events databases, and even Twitter tweets—help you keep up with everything happening in your backyard”. What about media—how will transparency and the “new journalism” influence citizens and governments? On this panel, Steven will engage in a
freewheeling conversation with a panel of journalists and media technologists.

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Steven Berlin Johnson


Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of five books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience, including the New York Times Notable Book The Ghost Map and Everything Bad Is Good For You, one of the most talked about books of 2005. He is also the co-creator of three influential web sites: FEED,, and most recently, the hyperlocal community site is a contributing editor for Wired magazine and a Distinguished Writer In Residence at the New York University Department of Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn with his
wife and three sons, and blogs at

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Andrea Seabrook


After more than a year as the weekend host of the NPR newsmagazine All Things Considered, Andrea Seabrook returns to Capitol Hill as a congressional correspondent.

Seabrook spent more than four years covering Congress for NPR, beginning in January 2003. She provided intensive coverage of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives following the mid-term elections in 2006, in-depth profiles of now Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and ground-breaking reportage of the previous House Republican Majority. Through her reporting, Seabrook made stories about Congress as personal and compelling as the stories of every day American life. Prior to working the Congress beat, Seabrook was a general assignment reporter for NPR.

“I love telling people’s stories,” Seabrook explains. “I love sound — I’d rather use my ears than my eyes. When you listen to a good story, whether it’s a piece on NPR or a story your best friend is telling you, you see the story inside your mind. It becomes yours.”

Seabrook has been a frequent guest host of NPR programs, including Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation, and has anchored NPR’s live, special election coverage.

Seabrook began reporting for NPR in 2001, after serving in a variety of editorial and production positions. She joined NPR in 1998 as an editorial assistant for Anthem, an NPR music program. From there she moved to NPR’s Mexico Bureau and provided fill-in coverage of Mexico and Central America. She returned to NPR and worked with NPR’s Radio Expeditions series, a joint production between NPR and National Geographic, before moving to an editorial assistant position at Morning Edition.

Before coming to NPR, Seabrook lived, studied, and worked in Mexico City, Mexico. She ran audio for movies and television, and even had a bit part in a Mexican soap opera.

Seabrook earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Earlham College, with study in Latin American literature from La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. While in college, she worked at WECI, Earlham College’s radio station.

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Monica Guzman

Mónica Guzmán is a newsgatherer at and the main contributor to its award-winning Big Blog.

She joined the P-I in January 2007 as a Hearst Newspapers Fellow, covering the culture of technology in a weekly column and a blog, Net Native. In July she took on the Big Blog, which was named the Best Blog of 2008 by the Western Washington chapter Society of Professional Journalists.

A product of her wired generation, Mónica obsesses over Facebook and Twitter and can’t remember life before e-mail. She calls it a good afternoon when she can tinker with her piano and her Ibanez guitar and a good evening when she can get out and enjoy the nightlife. A huge film fan, Mónica will often cry at movies people have no business crying in. She can’t cook, but she’s trying.

Mónica serves on the advisory board for the University of Washington Information School’s Masters of Science and Information Management Program, was recently elected to the board of the local chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and is what you might call an online news evangelist — giving talks about the future of journalism like this speedy guide she gave at Ignite Seattle on how to be an awesome news story commenter.

Mónica has worked previously at the Houston Chronicle, the Midland Daily News in Michigan and Foster’s Daily Democrat in New Hampshire, covering police and breaking news, higher education and arts and entertainment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

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Hal Roberts

Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School

Hal Roberts is the long time geek in/out of residence at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He is currently doing research in the areas of internet filtering circumvention, botnet and other grey forms of surveillance, and analysis of main stream and new/citizen media. Hal has worked on the technical side of many Berkman projects over the years, including H2O, Weblogs at Harvard Law, and Global Voices Online.

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  • Nextgov
  • Anita Borg Institute
  • Express
  • The Highlands Group
  • The Huffington Post
  • The Washington Post
  • Who Runs Gov
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  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Microsoft
  • ESRI
  • Google
  • HP
  • Intel
  • Palantir Technologies
  • EffectiveUI
  • ForeSee Results
  • SharedBook
  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Aquilent
  • JackBe
  • Sapient
  • Survey Analytics
  • Synteractive
  • Touchstone
  • Case Foundation
  • Government Executive Media Group
  • Nextgov

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