Pat Mitchell, president & CEO, The Paley Center for Media, Jeff Jarvis, director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media deliver the welcome and opening remarks for the Guardian Activate Summit."
Jeff is the author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live and What Would Google Do? He directs the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Jeff was founding editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine, TV critic for TV Guide and People magazines, Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News, and a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.
Pat Mitchell was appointed president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) effective March 15, 2006. Mitchell came to the Paley Center from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where she was named president and chief executive officer in March 2000, the first woman and first producer and journalist to hold the position.
She is credited with leading public broadcasting into the digital future with such initiatives as the conversion from analog to digital broadcasting, the launch of a high-definition PBS channel and an on-demand and cable preschool children's service, the growth of PBS's website into one of the three most visited sites on the Internet, and the establishment of the Digital Future Initiative to help define models for public service media using new digital technologies.
Alan Rusbridger has been editor of the Guardian since 1995. A graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge, he began his journalistic career on the Cambridge Evening News. He first joined the Guardian in 1979 as a reporter, subsequently working as a columnist and feature writer. In 1986 he became a critic for the Observer, moving to America the following year to be Washington correspondent of the London Daily News. On returning to the Guardian he launched Guardian Weekend magazine and G2-Britain's first compact sections in the quality market. He was appointed editor by the Scott Trust, which has owned the Guardian since 1936. His editorship has been notable for pioneering the development of the paper's digital edition, twice voted the best newspaper Web site in the world, as well as for launching the paper in the popular European "Berliner" format in 2005.
Rusbridger is also noted for fighting, and winning, a number of high-profile legal cases involving free speech issues and corruption in government. In his years as editor he has won Newspaper of the Year several times, as well as several awards as editor of the year. He is a visiting fellow of Nuffield College Oxford and a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, London. He is also Chair of the National Youth Orchestra. In his spare time he writes childrens' books and plays chamber music and golf. Rusbridger received an Honourary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Lincoln in September 2009.
Influential newspaper published in London and Manchester, Eng., considered one of Britain's best papers. Founded in 1821 as the weekly Manchester Guardian, it became a daily in 1855; 100 years later Manchester was dropped from the name, as it had become a national daily with an international reputation. In 1936 one of the newspapers most influential editors, C.P. Scott, created the Scott Trust as a means of assuring independent ownership for the newspaper. Still owned by the trust, the paper takes an independent liberal stance in its editorials while maintaining great breadth and depth of news coverage.