Dan Gillmor, founder of Grassroots Media Inc., is working on a project to encourage and enable more citizen-based media. This weblog is devoted to the discussion of the issues facing grassroots journalism as it grows into an important force in society.
Dan is author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People, a 2004 book that is widely credited as the first comprehensive look at way the collision of technology and journalism is transforming the media landscape.
From 1994-2004, Dan was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont, Dan 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.
Doc Searls is a writer and speaker on topics that arise where technology and business meet. He talks here about a number of “Declarations of Independence” for web users and independent content providers.
Doc Searls is the Senior Editor of Linux Journal, the premier Linux monthly and one of the world’s leading technology magazines. He also runs the new Doc Searls’ IT Garage, an online journal published by Linux Journal’s parent company, SSC.
He is co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Borders Books and Amazon.com bestseller. (It was Amazon’s #1 sales & marketing bestseller for thirteen months and sells around the world in nine languages.)
He also writes Doc Searls Weblog. J.D. Lasica of Annenberg’s Online Journalism Review calls Doc “one of the deep thinkers in the blog movement.” Doc’s blog is consistently listed among the top few blogs, out of millions” by Technorati, Blogstreet and others.
Doc’s marketing background dates from 1978, when he co-founded Hodskins Simone and Searls, which became one of Silicon Valley’s leading advertising and public relations agencies. (HS&S was sold to Publicis Technology in early 1998.) Doc’s marketing consultancy, The Searls Group, began as the public relations side of HS&S. Over the years he has worked with Hitachi, Sun, Apple, Nortel, Borland, ArrayComm , Motorola and other leading companies, in addition to many start-ups.