December 27, 2005

Dan Gillmor: It's Official

Dan mentioned that cool things were bubbling.. but now he's offically announced:

The Center for Citizen Media

It's one of those coasty deals:

  • Here on the Pacific Rim, where I live, the center will collaborate with the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. As an I.F. Stone Teaching Fellow, I'll do a class next fall, and my principal physical office will be at Berkeley as well.

  • Our Atlantic-facing partner is the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University Law School, where I'll be a Research Fellow. I'll visit there regularly -- at least once a month -- to work with other fellows, faculty and students.
  • He'll be working on "the grass roots media sphere", teaching a class at Berkeley next fall, holding meetings on both coasts on the topic, and helping journalism students and researchers with online emergent citizen journalism.

    I'd say interface and usability for that kind of information is most important at this point. Making online information understandable to folks who are not bloggers or early adopters is hard, but having this kind of study be well focused for graduate students who will take what they learn with them into industry is critical.

    Good luck Dan! It sounds great!

    Posted by Mary Hodder at December 27, 2005 08:45 AM | TrackBack