About Me

  • I'm CEO of Newspeg.com, a social news-sharing platform. I've spent 20 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. You can read more about me here.

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February 28, 2009


Last Honest Man

Uh, you say you began in "new media" in 1992. What new media, exactly, were you doing in 1992? Blogging before blogging was invented? Doing websites before the web actually appeared? Podcasting?

This sounds like a crock, if you ask me.

Mark Potts

Well, Last Honest Man, there really was new media before blogging, and even before Web sites. I built an electronic prototype of The Washington Post in 1992 and then worked on the Post's development of a variety of online products over the next few years, including cofounding the paper's digital division in 1993. And I worked peripherally with Roger Fidler's tablet efforts as part of an informal Post-Knight-Ridder relationship in that era. Some of us--including Fidler, Jeff Jarvis, Rob Doctor and others--have been working on this stuff for a long time.

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