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Craig Newmark (2005) (Photo: Bill Densmore)

"A Conversation with Craig" -- Notes for participants

  • (Follow the Twitter stream -- (hash tag: #rjicraig)
  • Post a question for Craig, to J-Mizzou student Kelsey Proud's blog form
  • Narrative links

  • This page provides reading and advanced materials for participants in, "A Conversation with Craig," on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (CDT) at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, (RJI) Missouri School of Journalism. RJI research fellow Bill Densmore will moderate a Q-and-A discussion among Craig Newmark, Craigslist founder, and a room of 80 undergraduate and graduate students at the nation's oldest journalism school.

    Seating in the Fred Smith Forum will be available first to those who have registered. Questions may be submitted in advance by email to or put on 3x5 cards in the room. There will be moderated Q&A, too. The session will be live streamed and on the record. NEWMARK'S PERSONAL BLOG / NEWMARK'S PERSONAL TWITTER FEED



    On curation and news . . . .


    • "The new model for news curation and selection, I feel, will be a balance of professional editing and collaborative news filtering. In one incarnation, news organizations will look at feeds from highly respected news fans, and that will drive stories that are featured more prominently."

    Newmark: "Trust is the next big thing on the web"


    • Interviewed by Matthew Ingram, who wrote: "Newmark called some form of distributed trust system .the killingest of killer apps. for the web over the next decade (he said he wasn't sure that was the best way to describe it, but was trying out to see how it sounded). He talked about .reputation and trust ruling the web, just the way it does in real life,. and how he was looking to big players such as Google, Facebook and Amazon as the kinds of entities that would have the scale to handle such a distributed trust or reputation management network." READ MORE ABOUT DISTRIBUTED TRUST.

    On keeping track of your values and community


    • What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?

    "Realize what your values are, consider your community in all of your decisions, and then follow through."




    Perhaps no single venture spawned by the Internet is more controversial among journalists than Craigslist, the simple, online organizer of local help-wanted, housing and for-sale classifieds. Doggedly private about its finances, Craigslist had revenues estimated at $100 million last year because of the few places and categories where it does charge.

    While Craigslist’s negative impact on traditional newspapers is unequivocal, the influence of its founder on the future of journalism is far more nuanced. Craig A. Newmark, serves on the advisory board of, the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity; he is on the board of Consumers Union, he helped fund or start and He speaks and blogs frequently about the essential role of watchdog journalism.

    On Tues., April 6, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. , faculty and students of the Missouri School of Journalism will have a chance to hear, assess, and question those nuances during “A Conversation with Craig,” in the Fred W. Smith Forum at RJI.

    Newmark will be in Columbia for two days as the guest of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He asked for an audience with Mizzou journalism students and RJI has agreed to provide the venue. Questioning Newmark, and facilitating questions from students, will be Bill Densmore, 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow and co-founder of CircLabs Inc., a university-backed spin-off of his Information Valet Project.

    Seats in the Smith Forum, and a chance to question Newmark, are being reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, with a priority given to journalism graduate -- and then undergraduate -- students. To reserve a seat, email your request, as well as suggested questions, to For additional information, point your browser to:

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