The Future of News

Andrew Nachison (We Media), Nick Bilton (The New York Times R&D Labs), Jeff Jarvis (, susan mernit (HACK THE HOOD), 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 and CEO of Hack the Hood, a non-profit organization that teaches young people of color tech skills and prepares them for tech careers around the Bay area. She founded Oakland Local, an acclaimed non-profit news site, in 2009.
Hack the Hood is a 2014 winner of the Google Impact Challenge. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & a former Yahoo! Senior Director, Mernit has been a consultant for The Knight Community Information Challenge and a consultant to organizations including & TechSoup Global. She led a start-up that was a 2008 Tech Stars Company, and is one of the founders of Code for Oakland, an open gov/hackathon event

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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

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