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 author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People,” a book that explains the rise of citizen media and why it matters; and “Mediactive,” a guide for true media literacy — as consumers and creators — in the Digital Age. He’s working on a new book about tech liberty.
Dan has co-founded, invested in and/or advised a number of digital-media startups. He’s on several boards, including the First Amendment Coalition.
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.
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