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Jeff Jarvis        

Leader in the Development of Online News & Blogging; Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY

Jeff Jarvis is a national leader in the development of online news, blogging, the investigation of new business models for news, and the teaching of entrepreneurial journalism. He writes an influential media blog, Jarvis is also the Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and The Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation at the City University of New York's (CUNY) Newmark School of Journalism.

He is author of the several books including 2014's “Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News," 2011's “Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live," and 2009's “What Would Google Do?."

He has consulted for media companies including The Guardian, Digital First Media, Postmedia,, Burda, Advance Publications, and The New York Times company at

Prior to joining the Newmark School of Journalism, Jarvis was president of, the online arm of Advance Publications, which includes Condé Nast magazines and newspapers across America.

He was the creator and founding managing editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine and has worked as a columnist, associate publisher, editor, and writer for a number of publications, including TV Guide, People, the San Francisco Examiner, the Chicago Tribune, and the New York Daily News.

His freelance articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Guardian, The New York Times, the New York Post, The Nation, Rolling Stone, and BusinessWeek.

Jarvis holds a B.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He was named one of the 100 most influential media leaders by the World Economic Forum at Davos.

A frequent lecturer, Jarvis has spoken at a number of industry events including the National Association of Broadcasters, the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Online News Association, and the Public Radio News Directors Association.

Speech Topics

What Would Google Do?

Buzzmachine: Media, Technology & Business Intersect

Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work & Live

It’s a new age. Every day, millions of people share billions of personal thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. But with every new technology, people find more reason to worry about privacy. In this optimistic talk, Jeff Jarvis examines the tension between privacy and publicness that is transforming how we form communities, create identities, do business, and live our lives.

Disrupting Education

Jeff Jarvis, a professor at the City University of New York, argues for disrupting the university by taking advantage of new ways to teach more skills; finding new efficiencies and economies of scale so we do not continue to bankrupt our children’s future; and rethinking the value of the lecture, the campus, and the diploma.

The Future of News and Media-- Yes, They Have One

The disruption that has overtaken media thanks to the internet will come to most industries and institutions. There are lessons to be learned in what media have done wrong. But more importantly, there are also lessons to be had in exploring the opportunities media face to reinvent themselves as services and relationship businesses rather than just content factories. At the Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism (which he directs), Jeff Jarvis researches and advises companies on implementing new business models for news.

The Beta Conversation: Invitation to Collaborate

Technology has taught us a new way to develop products: in public. When Google releases a beta, it is a statement of humility that says, “This thing isn’t finished, it isn’t perfect, in fact, we’re not sure what it is yet -- so help us make it better.” The beta is an invitation to collaborate with customers. That’s a wise model for more enterprises and activities as Jarvis and his audiences explore the beta company, beta government, beta marriage, and beta life.

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Honey, We Shrunk the Economy

Today, technology leads to efficiency overgrowth. The result: countless jobs lost in recent years will not return. That’s a harsh reality that policymakers and pundits refuse to face. In a discussion with his audiences, Jarvis looks at industry after industry -- from media to retail to manufacturing to education -- in which productivity and profitability may soar but so, too, will disruption, destruction, and unemployment. What results is a conversation about strategies and opportunities in the face of this disruption.

Save the Net: Encouraging Openness

The internet is in danger. Not just of tyrants but also of well-meaning governments and clumsy companies threatening to limit the freedom and power that the net is bringing to anyone -- to publish to the world and even to organize revolutions and new nations. Jarvis has urged CEOs and heads of state to take a Hippocratic oath for the net: First, do no harm. He proposes principles of an open internet and open society and urges his audiences to protect them both.

What Would Google Do? Reverse-Engineering the Fastest Growing Company in the Rest of the World

The author of this best-selling book takes audiences through a fascinating exercise, asking them to imagine the Googley car company or restaurant or government ... or version of their own company. Thus, he helps them to understand what made Google the fastest-growing company in the history of business and to find their own opportunities in the disruption brought on by the internet.

Publicness and Privacy

The author of the provocative book "Public Parts" argues in favor of the benefits of sharing and warns of the dangers of overreacting to fears about privacy brought on by the internet. Privacy matters and needs protection, but so does publicness, Jarvis contends, as he brings historical and personal perspective to understanding how technology can change society for the better.

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