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Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams

Founder & CEO

Lisa Williams is CEO and founder of Placeblogger.com, the world's largest searchable index of local weblogs. Placeblogger was a winner of the Knight 21st Century News Challenge, which gives out $5 million dollars annually to innovators with projects that aim to define the future of journalism. Lisa is also a fellow at the MIT Media Lab's Center for Future Civic Media, which is one of the most well-known university-based technology and innovation centers in the world. The newly formed Center for Future Civic Media focuses on meeting the information needs of humanity over the next 100 years. Prior to founding Placeblogger, Lisa founded H2Otown, an online community and news site by and for the residents of her hometown of Watertown, Mass. H2Otown became a nationally recognized model for citizen journalism. Lisa has also worked with the Boston Globe, the Center for Citizen Media, and countless startups and media organizations. She graduated from Emerson College in 1992. lisa@placeblogger.com

Lisa Williams's Blogs and Trainings

[Archived Webinar, August 2013] Finding Geeks For Good: Connecting With Your Local Tech Community to Create Social Change

Connect with your local tech community to build a digital coalition for social change. Read More

The news ecosystem -- What helps news startups?

You can't get a complete picture of what we might call the news ecosystem by looking only at the largest Read More

Onramps to OpenGov: Getting started with open government, open data, and online civic engagement

With the Knight Community Information Challenge theme -- OpenGov -- how do you get started in open government/open data projects? Read More

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Innovating the Local News Ecosystem Conference, April 24-25

Thu, April 24, 2014 7:00 pm - Fri, April 25, 2014 6:00 pm

he Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University presents Innovating the Local News Ecosystem Conference. April 24-April 25.

EYEO Festival, June 10-13

June 10, 2014

The Eyeo Festival will bring together the most intriguing and exciting people in design, information and technology in Minneapolis June 10-13.

Allied Media Conference, June 19-22

June 19, 2014

The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every summer in Detroit.

2014 IRE Conference in San Francisco

June 26, 2014

 The best in the business will gather at the IRE conference June 26-29, 2014 in San Francisco for more than 100 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.

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