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
JEFF COHENis founding director of the Park Center for
Independent Media at Ithaca College http://ithaca.edu/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
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
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
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
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
href="http://www.prwatch.org/">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
TRACY VAN SLYKE is Program Director of The Media Consortium
– 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
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.