November 28, 2005

Short Biography of Dan Gillmor

I really enjoyed "We the Media," and I found the author to be both amusing & enlightening, so I researched a little about life and history.

Dan Gillmor is the founder of Grassroots Media Inc.His company is "working on a project to encourage and enable more citizen-based media." Gillmor authored "We the Media" in 2004.

He has work as a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for Before that he worked at the Detroit Free Press for 6 years and the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont.

He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and has received a Herbert Davenport fellowship in 1982 for economics and business reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During the 1986-87 academic year he was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory and economics. He has won or shared in several regional and national journalism awards.

Before becoming a journalist he played music professionally for seven years.

I know this is short, but it is (ironically) difficult to find information on him on the web. For more info, try is blog. It's exciting to see he practices what he preaches!! And on a side note, his old blog was powered by the same company that we use--neat!!

Posted by KatherineLambert at November 28, 2005 01:54 PM

I think that is really interesting Katie and a great idea. Throughout the reading of this book, the entire class has been debating what sources are reliable. After this class I think I will doubt everything I read whether in the newspaper, a book, online, etc. You showed a great way of checking out the reliability of a source, by researching the author who provided the information. As you have mentioned by knowing more about the experience of Gillmor and his education, the reader is more likely to consider this book a reliable source.

Posted by: Jenna O'Brocto at November 29, 2005 01:19 PM

It was really reassuring to find he not only discusses blogging and technology in journalism, but actually applies those principles to his real life.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at November 30, 2005 10:21 AM
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