- Jeff JarvisDirector of the Tow-Knight Center
JEFF JARVIS is the Director of the Tow-Knight Center and teaches the Entrepreneurial Journalism Program’s New Business Models for News and New Business Incubation courses. A member of the faculty since the J-School’s launch in August 2006, Jarvis created and continues to teach the pioneering Entrepreneurial Journalism course. He is an outspoken leader in the public discussion of the future of journalism and advises and invests in news startups and other media companies in the U.S. and Europe. Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly and developed a dozen local Internet news services as president of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications. He wrote the best-seller What Would Google Do?, and his latest book is Public Parts. Jarvis writes the popular blog BuzzMachine and tweets frequently @jeffjarvis.
- Jeremy CaplanDirector of Education
JEREMY CAPLAN is the Director of Education and teaches the Entrepreneurial Journalism Program’s Fundamentals of Business and New Business Incubation courses. A former staff reporter at Time, he has contributed to the magazine on subjects ranging from business innovation to consumer technology. Caplan was a Wiegers Fellow at Columbia Business School, where he completed his MBA, and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School, where he earned an M.S. in journalism. He was also a Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute. Along with a degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Caplan holds a certificate in violin performance. Before joining Time, Caplan worked for The Paris Review, Yahoo! Internet Life, and Newsweek. He lives in New York City with his wife and baby daughter.
- Diallo HallAdjunct
DIALLO HALL is an experienced content strategist and editor who has served as Director of Thought Leadership at Fortune, during which time he founded the FORTUNE Knowledge Group. He was Senior Editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, where he oversaw research projects on topics ranging from global risk management to China’s pharmaceutical industry. He also worked as Marketing Director at Swiss banking firm UBS Wealth Management, along with fours as Market Risk Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Additional roles include Vice President at Algorithmics, Editor at Standard & Poor’s, and Research Manager at The Carson Group (now part of Thompson Reuters). Diallo holds a bachelor’s of political philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of international economics and business from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
- Burt HermanAdjunct
BURT HERMAN is an entrepreneur bridging the worlds of technology and media. He co-founded Storify, a social media storytelling platform used by top media organizations, brands and non-profit organizations that has won numerous awards for journalism innovation. Burt is also co-founder of Hacks/Hackers, the largest grassroots movement bringing together journalists and technologists. He previously covered stories around the world as an Associated Press correspondent and bureau chief for 12 years. Burt was a 2009 Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where he earlier graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
- Jeff MignonAdjunct, Technology Immersion
JEFF MIGNON, founder and CEO of the international digital agency RevSquare/Mignon-Media, teaches modules of the Technology Immersion course. Mignon specializes in media, education, and corporate communication. He publishes Kiddoki.com, a news site for kids, and invests in startups. He was a co-creator of the first daily newspapers for youth in France: Mon Quotidien, Le Petit Quotidien, l’actu & l’éco. Mignon was also a co-creator of Quelcandidat.com, the first media outlet with reporting by professional journalists and citizen journalists in France, one of the most successful political websites during the 2007 presidential election. Mignon founded Formules Presse, a Paris media consulting company, helped create 5W Infographics, an infographic agency in New York and Madrid, and the media consulting agency Mediapolis in Warsaw. He studied and taught at the Center for Journalism Studies in Paris.
- Ranjan RoyAdjunct
RANJAN ROY is the co-founder of Informerly, a global e-commerce news site. His first life in New York was spent on the emerging markets trading desk at a large bank. After leaving to spend a few years living in Asia, Europe and Africa, picking up an MBA from INSEAD along the way, Ranjan returned to New York to help launch and run FT Tilt, an emerging-market focused news startup at the Financial Times.
- Nancy WangAdjunct, Technology Immersion
NANCY WANG, co-founder and COO of the international digital agency RevSquare/Mignon-Media, teaches modules of the Technology Immersion course and organizes mentors to support the program’s fellows. At RevSquare, Nancy is the head of Strategy and Business Development. She has more than 18 years experience as a media industry consultant, specializing in growth strategy, product development, and business process improvement, and has been a strategy consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton and Price Waterhouse. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in French, Nancy is also a partner and co-founder of ItsMyNews, a startup that leverages RSS technology. Previously, she was vice president and COO of an Internet startup developing online news and education products and services for children. Nancy graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has an MBA from Columbia University.
- Josh StearnsAdjunct
JOSH STEARNS is the director of journalism and sustainability at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, where he works with news entrepreneurs and local communities to build stronger local news. Prior to joining the Dodge staff, Josh served as press freedom director at Free Press. He is a nationally recognized leader in community engagement and civic innovation and has won numerous awards for digital storytelling and online campaigns. Josh is the founder of VerificationJunkie.com and a founding member of the First Draft Coalition and the Freedom of the Press Foundation. His articles have appeared in the Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, PBS MediaShift, Orion Magazine, and Boing Boing. He is a visiting scholar in the Journalism and Communication Departments at the University of Massachusetts.
- Adnaan WaseyAdjunct
ADNAAN WASEY is an Emmy- and Webby-nominated executive producer of innovative media and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. As the head of POV Digital, the new media production division of the long-running PBS documentary series POV, Adnaan oversees original digital productions, programming and licensing, and he is the creator of POV Hackathon, a weekend media lab where more than half of the prototypes generated have gone on to become fully fledged media “products.” Adnaan is also a former news editor and film festival director, and he speaks frequently about the future of television and documentary film.