Dan Gillmor

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Dan Gillmor
Gillmor in 2005
Education1981 graduate of the University of Vermont
Occupation(s)Director, News Co/Lab, Arizona State University[1]

Dan Gillmor is an American technology writer and columnist. He is director of News Co/Lab, an initiative to elevate news literacy and awareness, at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.[1] Dan Gillmor is also in the board of directors of The Signals Network, a non-profit organization supporting whistleblowers.[2]


Before becoming a journalist, Gillmor worked as a musician for seven years. During the 1986–87 academic year he was a Michigan Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory and economics. Gillmor worked at the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont, followed by six years at the Detroit Free Press.

From 1994 to 2005, Gillmor was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s daily newspaper, during which time he became a leading chronicler of the dot-com boom and its subsequent bust. Starting in October 1999, he wrote a weblog for The Mercury News, which is believed to have been the first by a journalist for a traditional media company.[3] Gillmor's eJournal archives were believed to be lost but have been found in the Internet Archive and are now restored at Bayosphere.com.[4]

Gillmor left The Mercury News in January 2005 to work on a start-up venture in citizen journalism called Bayosphere, which aimed to "make it easier for the public to report and publish on the Internet."[5] Launched in May 2005,[6] Bayosphere closed in January 2006.[7]

After closing Bayosphere, Gillmor moved on to a new project, the Center for Citizen Media, a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University Law School.[7]

In 2007, Gillmor co-founded Dopplr, an online travel application project.[8]

In November 2007, Gillmor was named founding director of Arizona State University's new Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.[8] Dan Gillmor is a board member of the Global Editors Network since its creation in April 2011.[9]

Awards and honors

Gillmor won the EFF Pioneer Award in 2002.[10]



Dan Gillmor is the author of We the Media (2004),[11] which describes the Internet as an opportunity for independent journalists to challenge the consolidation of traditional media and contains Gillmor's widely cited realization: "my readers know more than I do."[12] The book offers a guide to new internet tools for journalists, including weblogs, RSS, SMS, peer-to-peer, and predicts how these tools will change journalism. In 2009, Gillmor published Mediactive,[13] a book on digital media literacy. One review noted that the book's "thesis in itself is neither new nor original", but that the book represents "the first time someone has put it all down in one place".[14]


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  1. ^ a b "Dan Gillmor, Professor of Practice". Arizona State University. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  2. ^ "The Signals Network website". Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Scott (2009). Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters. New York: Crown. pp. 134–135.
  4. ^ Gillmor, Dan (2010). "Information safety". Mediactive. Dan Gillmor. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  5. ^ "Dan Gillmor to leave MN". San Jose Mercury News. San Jose, CA. 2004-12-10. p. 1E.
  6. ^ Johnson, Bobbie (2005-06-30). "Blog watch: Citizen chain". The Guardian. London.
  7. ^ a b Johnson, Miki (January 25, 2006). "'Citizens Media' Pioneer Dan Gillmor Leaving Bayosphere". Editor & Publisher.
  8. ^ a b "Digital Media Leader Named Knight Center Director, Kauffman Professor at ASU". Arizona State University. 2007-11-06. Archived from the original on 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
  9. ^ "Global Editors Network board members". Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  10. ^ "2002 Pioneer Awards: Gillmor, Givens, DeCSS Writers". EFF Media Release. San Francisco, CA. 2002-04-11. Archived from the original on November 27, 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  11. ^ Gillmor, Dan (August 2004). We the Media: Grassroots journalism by the people, for the people. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media. ISBN 0-596-00733-7.
  12. ^ Gillmor, Dan (August 2004). "Introduction". We the Media. Authorama.
  13. ^ Gillmor, Dan (2010-12-09). Mediactive. Dan Gillmor. ISBN 978-0-9846336-0-9.
  14. ^ Waldman, Simon (November 6, 2004). "All the news that's fit to blog". The Guardian. Retrieved September 17, 2020.

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