Dan Conover is a writer and filmmaker who spent 20 years in the newspaper business, 14 of them at the daily paper in Charleston, SC. His newspaper career ended with a buyout in 2008.
Along the way he worked as a pasteup clerk, a reporter, a page designer, a political editor, a city editor (twice), an illustrator, a cartoonist, a puzzlemaker, a web director, a blogger, a metro columnist, a features writer and a web video guy. He was named South Carolina's Journalist of the Year in 2005.
Conover hand-coded his first web page on Geocities in 1994 and began studying the digital revolution's effects on traditional media companies in 2004.
He is best known in media-futurist circles for ^\2020 <http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/03/news-futures-a-whats-next-overview.html> Vision: What's Next For News,^] but also for the essays ^\My <http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/09/my-final-newspa.html> Final Newspaper Article,^] ^\10 <http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/10/10-reasons-why.html> Reasons Newspapers Won't Reinvent News,^] ^\21 <http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/12/21st_century_tr.html> st Century Trust ... the Techno-Geek Way!^] and ^\Journalism <http://conovermedia.blogspot.com/2006/02/journalism-from-software-perspective.html> from a Software Perspective,^] plus the new-media posts ^\Web <http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/09/coordinates-20.html> Coordinates 2.0,^] and ^\Foundations <http://conovermedia.blogspot.com/2008/02/foundations-of-21st-century-journalism.html> of 21st Century Journalism^] (written for the journalism students and faculty at the University of Mississippi).