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New Media Evangelist Dan Gillmor to Speak in Vermont


Published September 29, 2008 at 3:40 p.m.

225pxdan_gillmor_2005Dan Gillmor, author of We The Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People, is coming to Vermont this Saturday. He'll be at the 30th anniversary celebration for the Center for Rural Studies, on a panel about communicating with rural communities.

Dan spent 25 years as a journalist in the newspaper business(including several years here in Vermont) before leaving the biz tofocus on developing "citizen media." He's currently running the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, a new project of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

I interviewed Dan back in 2006, prior to a talk he gave in Montpelier. Here's an excerpt, describing his departure from the San Jose Mercury News:

Whenhe departed in 2004 to become a citizen media evangelist, news junkiestook note. In a letter to his editor, Vindu Goel, Gillmor said he wassorry togo. "Something powerful is happening," he wrote. "It's in the earlystages and I have a chance to help figure this out... I hate theidea of leaving. But I'd hate not trying this even more."

Goel praised Gillmor in an announcement about his departure: "Danhas a rare gift among journalists: foresight," he wrote. "He can seewhat's going to be important long before other people, and he tellsreaders why they should pay attention."

See Gillmor — with panelists Chris Braithwaite of the Barton Chronicle, Dick Drysdale of the Heraldof Randolph, Lauren-Glenn Davitian of Ch. 17, and Jim Leddy of VermontAgricultural College Board — on Saturday, October 4, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Mount Mansfield Room in UVM's Davis Center.

Thanks, Michael, for the tip!

Cross-posted at the Vermont 3.0 blog.