Dan Gillmor is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The center’s purpose is to help students learn how to invent their own jobs in the media industry.
Gillmor's new book and online project, Mediactive (www.mediactive.com), aims to help turn passive consumers of media into active users. As Clay Shirky writes in the foreword: "Dan doesn’t make upgrading the sources, or the gatekeepers, or the filters—or any other ‘them’ in the media ecosystem—his only or even primary goal. Dan wants to upgrade us, so we can do our own part. He wants us to encourage media to supply better information by helping us learn to demand better information. And he wants us to participate as creators.”
Gillmor, who writes a column on media and technology for Salon.com, is the author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens' media and why it matters. He has also invested in, cofounded, or advised a number of companies and nonprofits in the emerging media field, and is a faculty associate (and former fellow) at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Gillmor worked as a professional journalist for almost 25 years, including a decade as a business and technology columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, and wrote a blog for SiliconValley.com. Before becoming a journalist, he played music professionally for seven years.