SAFIR AHMED is a book editor and former editor of Alternet. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years in mainstream dailies and the alternative press, including 11 years as editor of Riverfront Times, the alternative newsweekly in St. Louis. In the 1990s, he was the Editorial Chair on the board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. He has edited recent books by bloggers Glenn Greenwald and Markos Moulitsas.
CHRIS BOWERS is the co-founder and managing editor of Openleft.com. From May 2004 through June 2007, he was the managing editor of MyDD.com. He is also the treasurer of BlogPac and holds a seat on the Pennsylvania state Democratic Committee. His writing and work focuses on analysis of elections, political demographics, the political blogosphere, and grassroots progressive infrastructure.
HUBERT (HUB) BROWN is associate professor of broadcast journalism at Syracuse University, where he teaches reporting for radio and television, television documentary, news production and performance, and mass media ethics. He has taught courses in race/gender and the mass media, and political/government reporting. He has 12 years of broadcast journalism experience in commercial and public television, as a reporter, documentary producer, and on-air talent.
JEFF COHEN is founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College /rhp/independentmedia/. In 1986, he founded the media watch group FAIR and helped launch its magazine, Extra!, and national radio show, CounterSpin. He was a nationally-syndicated columnist and TV pundit on all three cable news channels. His latest book is Cable News Confidenial: My Misadventures in Corporate Media.
DAVID COHN has worked in participatory journalism with visionaries like Jeff Jarvis and Jay Rosen. More recently he has been awarded a Knight News Challenge grant and is trying to pioneer "community funded reporting" http://blog.spot.us/ -- a new business model to support investigative journalism. He has written for Wired, Columbia Journalism Review and The New York Times.
JULIE DRIZIN is associate director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism http://www.j-lab.org/, a center at the American University School of Communication in Washington, DC. J-Lab supports and rewards citizen media initiatives and innovation in journalism. She is an award-winning public radio producer who launched two national programs: NPR's Justice Talking and Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now!.
ROBERT GREENWALD founded Brave New Films and Brave New Foundation, which just launched Meet the Bloggers. He is the director/producer of Iraq for Sale, Wal-Mart, and Outfoxed, films seen by millions through alternative distribution. He executive produced the documentary trilogy Unprecedented: The 2000 Election, Uncovered: The War on Iraq and Unconstitutional. Prior to his documentary work, he produced and/or directed more than 50 TV movies, miniseries and feature films, including The Burning Bed and Steal This Movie.
PAUL JAY is CEO and Senior Editor of The Real News Network http://therealnews.com/t/, a start-up aiming to be a daily mass video news service – online and TV. He executive produced CBC Newsworld's debate shows, counterSpin and FaceOff. He has produced and directed more than 20 major documentaries, including Return to Kandahar, Lost in Las Vegas and Hitman Hart. He is the founding chair of Hot Docs!, the Canadian international documentary film festival.
LINDA JUE is the director of New Voices in Independent Journalism. She is also the president of Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, and a founding staffer of Independent Press Association. She is the former director of San Francisco State University's Community Press Consortium.
ROBERTO LOVATO is a contributing Associate Editor with New America Media and a frequent contributor to The Nation. He posts on media, migration and politics at his Of America blog http://ofamerica.wordpress.com/. He's written for the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Der Spiegel, Utne, La Opinion and elsewhere. He formerly headed CARECEN, which was the largest immigrant rights organization in the country.
JOSH MARSHALL is a pioneering blogger and Polk-award-winning publisher of Talking Points Memo, TPMCafe, and TPMmuckraker.com. He is also columnist for Time.com and The Hill. His articles on politics, culture and foreign affairs have appeared in publications such as The American Prospect, Atlantic Monthly, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, New York Times, Salon and Slate. He graduated from Princeton in 1991 and holds a doctorate in American history from Brown.
DAVID MATHISON is publisher of Be The Media http://www.bethemedia.org/. From 1998-2002 he was founder and CEO of the Kinecta Corporation (now part of Oracle) a syndication services provider for publishers such as Reuters, Financial Times and The Economist. From 1994-1999, he was Vice President with Reuters, where he pioneered online syndication. He has a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.
DORI MAYNARD heads the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education http://www.mije.org/, which trains journalists of color. A former newspaper reporter, she co-authored Letters to My Children, a compilation of columns by her late father, Bob Maynard, the first African-American to own a major metropolitan newspaper. In 1993, she and her father became the first dad-daughter duo appointed Nieman Fellows at Harvard.
AMANDA MICHEL is the director of OffTheBus http://www.huffingtonpost.com/off-the-bus/ , the Huffington Post's citizen-powered and produced election news site. She is a Knight-Batten New Media Fellow. Previously she worked in politics - both on the Dean and Kerry Internet teams. She has been associated with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Assignment Zero, a Wired and New Assignment collaboration.
JIM MILLER is the Vice President of Development for Brave New Films and Executive Director of Brave New Foundation http://www.bravenewfoundation.org/. He headed outreach on Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers. His film experience includes being Director of Development for The Shooting Gallery, an independent film company which produced Sling Blade and You Can Count on Me, and Head of Acquisitions for Cinema Park Distribution. He is an Ithaca College graduate.
JONATHAN MILLER is executive director of Homelands Productions http://homelands.org/, a non-profit media cooperative that specializes in public radio documentaries. He is executive producer of WORKING, a series about work in the global economy airing on Marketplace, and was editorial director of Think Global, a collaboration between 300 stations and 35 national shows. He is based in Ithaca, NY.
JEFFERSON MORLEY is national editorial director of the Center for Independent Media http://newjournalist.org/, a D.C.-based non-profit that operates an independent online news network. A former editor at the Washington Post, he wrote the World Opinion Roundup blog for washingtonpost.com from 2003 to 2007. He is the author of Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the Central Intelligence Agency.
DENIS MOYNIHAN is CEO of Free Speech TV http://www.freespeech.org/, the nation's oldest progressive television network, reaching over 30 million U.S. homes via satellite and cable TV and a global web audience. As Outreach Director at Democracy Now!, he played a key role in its growth from a 3-person radio program in 2000 on 25 community radio stations, to its current position as a leading independent television/radio/internet program on over 700 stations in the U.S., Canada and beyond.
HYE-JUNG PARK is Program Officer for the Media Justice Fund http://www.fex.org/content/index.php?pid=51 at the Funding Exchange. She is also an independent filmmaker and a media and community activist with two decades’ experience in local, national, and international media and community organizing. She previously worked at Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Downtown Community TV (DCTV).
JUANA PONCE DE LEON is Director of New York Community Media Alliance (NYCMA) http://www.indypressny.org/, and Editor of the award-winning Voices That Must Be Heard, an online weekly publication of NYC ethnic and community news. She is former editor-in-chief of Siete Cuentos Editorial, the Spanish-language imprint at Seven Stories Press. She is former editor of LS, the literary supplement for then independent New Mass Media newspapers, which reached 1.5 million readers.
STEVE RATHE formed Murray Street Productions http://www.murraystreet.com/ in 1981 and is a longtime producer for public media. Leadership in using new technology has marked his career. An early producer in the audio book industry, he co-founded The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), designed a continuous onsite sports broadcasting service, launched music webcasting in 1996 and created the public radio program HEAT. He is an Ithaca College alum.
GAIL ROBINSON is editor in chief of Gotham Gazette http://www.gothamgazette.com/, an award-winning online publication on New York City policy and politics. Prior to Gotham Gazette, where she wrote about city schools and political races and participated in its early forays into game, she was executive editor of World Press Review, oversaw political coverage for United Media syndicate, and covered the environment, education and local government for various publications.
JOHN STAUBER founded the non-profit Center for Media and Democracy in 1993 and has served since as its executive director. CMD specializes or Media and Democracy (CMD) in 1993 in Madison, Wiscon in exposing PR spin and propaganda, reporting online at <http://www.PRWatch.org> and on its collaborative wiki site SourceWatch. He is the co-author of six books for CMD, including Weapons of Mass Deception, a 2003 best-seller.
TRACY VAN SLYKE is Program Director of The Media Consortium http://www.themediaconsortium.org/ – a network of the nation's leading, independent progressive media outlets. She is the former publisher of In These Times magazine. In 2005/06, she and Jessica Clark co-authored landmark articles on strengthening the progressive media landscape. With Clark, she is co-authoring a book on the impact of progressive media.
DEANNA ZANDT is a media technologist and consultant to media organizations including AlterNet and the Hightower Lowdown, and hosts TechGrrl Tips on GRITtv with Laura Flanders. She works with groups to create and implement effective web strategies toward civic engagement and empowerment, and uses her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications and finance to complement her technical expertise.