"A Conversation with Craig" -- Notes for participants
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 email@example.com 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
- THE MEDIA GIRAFFE: In November, 2005, Densmore conducted a videotaped interview with Newmark in San Francisco for the Media Giraffe Project. (Clip is 18 minutes)
- A couple of weeks ago, from the same coffee shop, Newmark talks about trust on the web: WATCH VIDEO
- A WILLING SHARING: Andreas Weigend, former chief scientist at Amazon.com, discusses the essence of Craigslist with Craig (four minutes)
- GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY: Craig Newmark talks to Alan W. Silberberg about Gov 2.0 (55 minutes)
CURRENT TEXT LINKS
On curation and news . . . .
CRAIG QUOTED BELOW FROM:
- "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."
NEWMARK PROFILES NOTED
- (2004) -- "Craig Newmark started his website to help friends. He now wants it to help the world." (LA Times)
- (2005) -- http://www.somethingjewish.co.uk/articles/1665_craig_newmark_interv.htm
- (2005) -- TRANSCRIPT: Newmark on newspaper at UC-Berkeley (Media Giraffe)
- (2005) -- "Entrepreneur Taps Mistrust of Media for New Venture" (CommonDreams.org-The Independent)
- (2006) -- "A Guy Named Craig: How a schlumpy IBM refugee found you your apartment, your boyfriend, your new couch, your afternoon sex partner—and now finds himself killing your newspaper." (New York Magazine)
- (2006) -- http://blogs.payscale.com/salarystories/2006/12/average_salary__1.html
- (2006) -- Newmark donates to NewAssignment.net -- a journalism experiment (ZDNet)
- (2007) -- "Craigslist Founder: People Who Run Printing Presses 'Screwed' " (Editor & Publisher)
- (2007) -- Front Line Q&A
- (2009) -- "A Nerd's Take on the Future of News Media" (Huffington Post)
- (2008)-- Business Week's Jon Fine blogs about Craigslist/eBay litigation
- (2009) -- "Bad Advice for Newspapers: Unbrand, Uncompete" (Wired Magazine)
- (2010) -- "The Ups and Downs of Being a Tech Nerd" (WSJournal -- requires registration)
- (2008) -- "Craigslist Will No Longer Run Erotic Service Ads for Free" (Advertising Age)
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 Newstrust.net, the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity; he is on the board of Consumers Union, he helped fund or start NewAssignment.net and Spot.us. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, point your browser to: http://www.newshare.com/wiki/index.php/Craig
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