Sreenath Sreenivasan

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This article is about the technology journalist. For the United States federal judge, see Sri Srinivasan.
Sreenath Sreenivasan
Sree Sreenivasan in New York, July 2016. Photo by Lia Chang.jpg
Sree Sreenivasan in New York, July 2016
Born (1970-10-28) October 28, 1970 (age 45)
Tokyo, Japan
Residence New York, USA
Nationality USA
Citizenship U.S.A.
Education Columbia University, St. Stephen's College
Occupation Chief Digital Officer at the City of New York
Employer City of New York
Spouse(s) Roopa Unnikrishnan
Children 2
Parent(s) T.P. Sreenivasan, Lekha Sreenivasan
Website Sree.net

Sreenath "Sree" Sreenivasan (born October 28, 1970)[1] is the chief digital officer of New York City. He was previously the chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and chief digital officer of Columbia University. He has been a technology journalist based in New York City[2] and served as an academic administrator and professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2015, he was named one of Fast Company magazine's Most Creative People of the year.[3] He was also identified as the most influential Chief Digital Officer of 2016 by CDO Club.[4]

Early life[edit]

Sreenivasan was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in USSR, United States, Fiji, and India. Sreenivasan's father was a diplomat for the Indian government which meant his family often relocated.[5] He attended kindergarten in Moscow, P.S. 6 in Manhattan, Marist Brothers High School in Suva, Fiji, and St. Stephen's College in Delhi, India. He received a Master of Science degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1993.[1]

Career[edit]

Sreenivasan was on the faculty of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism since 1993 as a professor of professional practice. His courses at Columbia focused on new media, web design and social media in the practice of journalism as well as media entrepreneurship. Currently still serving as an adjunct professor, he also regularly runs workshops for working journalists on the advanced use of the Internet and multimedia reporting.

In 2005, Sreenivasan was appointed Dean of Students at the Journalism School,[6] overseeing student-oriented programs. He is the former advisor to the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and won the David Eshelman Award for Outstanding Campus Advisor in 1998.[7] In 2008, he was named Dean of Student Affairs,[8] supervising admissions, student services and career services at the school. On July 11, 2012, Columbia University named Sreenivasan its first Chief Digital Officer.[9][10]

Sree Sreenivasan teaching a social media class in Times Square, NYC
Sree Sreenivasan interviews Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, at Social Media Weekend 2016
Sree Sreenivasan giving address at 2016 Columbia Journalism Alumni Awards

Sreenivasan was appointed the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Chief Digital Officer in August 2013. In this role he supervised 70 employees throughout the museum.[2]

Sreenivasan helped found SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, a group of over 1,000 [11] journalists of South Asian origin in the U.S. and Canada and served as its first president and continues to serve on the board and as an editor and writer of SAJAforum, one of the most widely read South Asian news and analysis blogs. He was also named by "UNITY: Journalists of Color" in a seed list of one of the 100 top journalists of the century.[12]

He served as the "Tech Guru" on WABC-TV for six years, before moving to WNBC-TV as technology reporter in January 2007. He appeared twice a week on the air and on WNBC.com until January 2009. From 2009 through 2011, Sreenivasan helped launch and develop DNAinfo.com, a hyperlocal news startup covering Manhattan, founded by Ameritrade founder and Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts.[13]

He has contributed more than 50 articles to The New York Times on business and technology, and has hosted more than 40 episodes of his own podcast, the @SREE SHOW, for CBS Radio.[14]

In May 2016, Sreenivasan made news headlines by creating an effort to boycott participating in all-male panels and conferences and events.[15][16] He would later update this to also pledging not to attend any all-male panels.[17][18]

In 2016, after three years at the top digital post at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he announced he was leaving the post amidst the Met's financial troubles. Despite the president of the Met, Daniel Weiss, calling Sreenivasan "a superstar," a looming $9 million to $10 million deficit[19] was facing the museum, which led to parting ways with Sreenivasan and other high-profile executives such as Cynthia Round, the museum’s senior vice president for marketing and external relations, and Susan Sellers, head of design.[20][21] At the Met, Sreenivasan led the redesign of their website and the development of a smartphone app.[20][22]

On August 1, 2016, he was named chief digital officer of New York City by its mayor, Bill de Blasio.[23]

Accolades[edit]

  • In 2004, Newsweek magazine named him one of the 20 most influential South Asians in the U.S.[24]
  • In 2007, India Abroad named him[25] one of the 50 most Influential Indian Americans in the U.S.
  • In 2009, he was named one of AdAge's 25 media people to follow on Twitter[26]
  • In 2010, Quill magazine, published by the Society of Professional Journalists, named him one of 20 journalists to follow on Twitter [27]
  • In 2010, he was named one of Poynter Institute's 35 most influential people in social media[28]
  • In 2015, he was named one of Fast Company magazine's Most Creative People of the year at number 39.[3]
  • In 2016, he won the Columbia University School of Journalism Alumni Award[29]

Personal life[edit]

He became a US Citizen in 2013.[30] He is married to Roopa Unnikrishnan.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b King, Aliya S. (April 7, 2010). "So What Do You Do, Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Journalism School Dean?". Mediabistro. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Preston, Jennifer (October 25, 2013). "So Many Stories to Tell for Met's Digital Chief". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Most Creative People 2015: Sree Sreenivasan". Fast Company. June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  4. ^ Mathison, David. "CDO Club Identifies the Top Ten Most Influential Chief Digital Officers on Klout - CDO Club". CDO Club. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  5. ^ Simou, Alexandra (January 31, 2005). "Covering Technology in the Morning, Teaching Journalism During the Day". New York Sun. 
  6. ^ "Gopal Raju, pioneer in Indian ethnic press, dies in NY". Associated Press. Malaysia Star. 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  7. ^ SPJ David Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award
  8. ^ Sreenivasan faculty page
  9. ^ Columbia University Names Sree Sreenivasan Its First Chief Digital Officer, All Things Digital. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  10. ^ Columbia Amps Online Courses, Appoints Sree Sreenivasan First Chief Digital Officer, Fast Company. By Christina Chaey. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  11. ^ South Asian Journalists Association information page
  12. ^ "UNITY Journalists seeds list of top journalists of the past century - UNITY: Journalists for Diversity". 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  13. ^ "Sree Sreenivasan - Editorial Team". DNAinfo New York. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  14. ^ "@Sree Show by play.it on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  15. ^ "Death to the All-Male Panel". 2016-05-09. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  16. ^ "The men who are taking a stand against 'dude fests' - BBC News". Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  17. ^ "Why Sree Sreenivasan is boycotting all-male panels". 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  18. ^ "These Powerful Men Are Boycotting All-Male Panels". Fortune. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  19. ^ Smith, Jennifer (2016-04-22). "Met Museum to Cut Spending as Deficit Looms". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  20. ^ a b Chow, Andrew R. (2016-06-19). "3 Leaders at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Step Down". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  21. ^ Avins, Jenni. "The Met ousted a top executive, so he used Facebook to show the world how to do unemployment right". Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  22. ^ Smith, Jennifer (2016-06-18). "Three Met Museum Leaders Depart". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  23. ^ "Mayor de Blasio Announces Sree Sreenivasan As City's New Chief Digital Officer". 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  24. ^ "Power and Influence". Newsweek. 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  25. ^ "India Abroad: The 50 Most Influential Indian Americans". rediff.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  26. ^ "25 Media People You Should Follow on Twitter". adage.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  27. ^ SPJ names four alumni 'journalists to follow' on Twitter
  28. ^ "Help Poynter Select 35 Influential People in Social Media". Poynter. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  29. ^ "Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism 2016 Alumni Awards". www.journalism.columbia.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  30. ^ "An Indian in America - Rediff.com India News". Rediff.com. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  31. ^ "Arjuna award winner helps shoot consumer problems". Deccan Chronicle. 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 

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