About Me

  • I've spent more than 25 years at the intersection of traditional and digital journalism. I've helped to invent ways to read and interact with the news and advertising on computer screens and iPads, and before that, I wrote news stories on typewriters and six-ply paper. I co-founded WashingtonPost.com and hyperlocal pioneers Backfence.com and GrowthSpur; served as editor of Philly.com; taught media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland; and have done product-development and strategy consulting for all sorts of media and Internet companies and startups. You can read more about me here.

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December 18, 2008


Rich Gordon

Mark, thanks very much for the kind words.

A few other things:

(1) For more information on News Mixer and how it came about, check out:
* my posts about the project on the PBS Idealab blog: http://www.pbs.org/idealab/author/rich_gordon/
* the class Web site: http://www.crunchberry.org

(2) The code behind News Mixer is open-sourced and available on Google Code: http://code.google.com/p/newsmixer/. We are hoping that others will "stand on our shoulders" and continue to develop this project.

(3) I want to be sure the students get credit for this -- this was their project, not mine. So kudos to Brian Boyer, Angela Nitzke, Joshua Pollock, Stuart Tiffen and Kayla Webley. (Info about them is at http://crunchberry.org/the-team/.) Note to news organizations: All of them are either graduating or will be graduating by March.

Rich Gordon

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