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Dan Sinker

speaker location icon Chicago, USA

Journalist, creator and disrupter

Director, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project (2011- 2018)

Founder Punk Planet Magazine (1994-2007)

Dan Sinker is an entrepreneur, journalist, artist, designer, and cultural critic who has spent 25 years making products that break new ground, resonate with communities, and amplify new voices. He has spent his career at the cutting edge of cultural movements and is a thinker sought out by companies like Google and Facebook and newsrooms like the New York Times and the BBC.

As the director of OpenNews, an initiative incubated by Mozilla and funded by the Knight Foundation, Dan spent seven years helping newsrooms like the Guardian, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and many others take new approaches to technology, find diverse new talent, and collaborate in innovative ways. Now Dan brings this same sought-after approach to consulting and speaking roles.

In addition to building new possibilities for tech in journalism, Dan is a creator who is credited for creating the “first truly great piece of digital literary work” by The Economist when he wrote the @MayorEmanuel Twitter account, which combined humor and story as a lens to understand current events. Dan brings this same sensibility to his talks, which are noted for their storytelling and wry humor.

Dan also brings an iconoclastic sensibility with him that he earned as the founder of Punk Planet magazine at just 19 years old. Over the next decade, the magazine would be credited with capturing the authentic voice of the independent music scene of the 1990s and 2000s and for pushing the boundaries of independent publishing in exciting new directions. His roots in punk rock and independent production have garnered him a reputation as someone who sees the world differently and earned him a JSK Fellowship at Stanford University in 2007.

At a time where technology is disrupting every part of our lives and journalism is under attack, Dan’s perspective and approach are vital.

Speaking Topics:

  • The coming intelligent tech revolution and its transformation of business
  • The rise of fake news, the downfall of journalism, and how to fix it
  • Making products resonate with communities
  • The 2020 United States presidential race


Our Comment

"Dan Sinker loves telling stories. He talks about the widespread impact of open source innovation, the future of media and journalism, and why he feels optimistic about both. He believes that “it’s through collaboration, openness, and ‘showing your work’ that we’ll see real innovation in journalism.”"

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