Eric Deggans, TV/media critic of the Tampa Bay Times, Ann Friedman, a freelance editor and writer, and Monica Guzman, a columnist for The Seattle Times, discuss whether or not America's communities can be truly reflected in the digital media space.
Emily Bell is director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She previously worked for the Observer and then the Guardian for 18 years, setting up MediaGuardian.co.uk in 2000 and becoming editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited in 2001. In September 2006, Emily was promoted to the new position of Director of Digital Content for Guardian News and Media. Guardian.co.uk, the Guardian and Observer's network of websites, has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Webby for Best Newspaper on the web in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Eric Deggans originally joined the paper in 1995 as pop music critic, covering everything from the MTV Music Video Awards in New York City to unmasking a fake gospel singer who was nearly awarded the key to St. Petersburg by city officials. In 1997, Deggans assumed the role of TV critic, writing reviews, news stories and long-range trend pieces on the state of the TV industry locally and nationally. He joined the Times editorial board in 2004 before returning to the critics' corner, first as media writer in 2005, then again as TV critic in 2006.
Ann Friedman is an editor and writer. Formerly the executive editor of GOOD, she’s now hard at work on a crowd-funded magazine called Tomorrow and is a politics columnist for NYmag.com. She curates the work of women journalists at LadyJournos!, makes hand-drawn pie charts for The Hairpin, and dispenses animated advice at the Columbia Journalism Review. In July 2012, CJR named her one of 20 women to watch. But not, like, in a stalkery way.
Ann grew up in Iowa, went to school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and has since ping-ponged between the coasts. She prefers the west, in case you are curious.
Mónica Guzmán is a digital life columnist and community strategist committed to better understanding technology so we can better understand ourselves.
Her columns appear weekly in Sunday’s Seattle Times, on seattletimes.com and at Northwest tech news site GeekWire. Last fall she began to leverage her insights into online communities as a community strategist for startups and media. Previously, she spent a year helping Seattle-based startup Intersect launch and develop an innovative time and location based storytelling platform. From January 2007 to May 2010, Mónica was a reporter at seattlepi.com, where she ran the experimental and award-winning Big Blog and drew a community of readers with nonstop online conversation and casual weekly meetups.