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VTDigger hosts media futurist and journalist Dan Gillmor at Champlain College

April 8, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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The Vermont Journalism Trust and VTDigger.org are sponsoring internationally known e-journalist, author and speaker Dan Gillmor at a public presentation at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Alumni Auditorium of Champlain College.

Gillmor will speak on “Transparency in Government and Business in the New World of Social Media and Journalism.”

Dan Gillmor is an international expert on citizen journalism and new media. He writes a column about new media and technology for The Guardian, and he is the author of two books about the way in which the Web has transformed the power dynamic between the public and the media. The goal of his latest book and ongoing project, Mediactive, reflects his “strong belief that we need to turn media ‘consumers’ into active (even activist) users instead of passive receptacles.”

Gillmor teaches digital media entrepreneurship and is a founding director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship program at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The Center, originally funded by the Knight Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation, is working to help create a culture of innovation and risk-taking in journalism education and in the wider media world. Prior to his career as a professor at Arizona State, Gillmor covered Silicon Valley at the San Jose Mercury News for 11 years. While at the Mercury News, he started a blog — one of the first by a journalist for a traditional media company. Before covering the high-tech world, Gillmor worked at the Detroit Free Press, Kansas City Times and the Vermont Press Bureau and Times Argus in Montpelier where he covered Vermont politics in the 1980s.

Contributions accepted at the door to support VTDigger’s Sally West Johnson Fund for Journalism for investigative reporting. VTDigger, a project of the Vermont Journalism Trust, is the state’s premier online news organization dedicated to coverage of Vermont politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy.

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