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Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams

Founder & CEO

Lisa Williams is the Director of Digital Engagement for the Investigative News Network. She is also 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. [email protected]

Lisa Williams's Blogs and Trainings

[Archived Webinar, June 2014] Drive to Impact:  Leveling Up Digital Engagement & Social Sharing for Nonprofits

How can your nonprofit news organization combine social sharing with fundraising and digital engagement? Find out as Lisa Williams discusses Read More

[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

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Media that Matters: Story, Money, Impact

Wed, June 1, 2016 5:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016 2:00 pm

Media That Matters: Story Money Impact is a practical workshop for media-makers, principled funders, and highly motivated activists who want to ensure their work makes an undeniable difference.  This intimate conference illuminates the spark of engagement at the core of these three pursuits. Structured around case studies from the front lines, Story Money Impact reveals best practices in the areas of documentary, digital content, and independent journalism. 

[email protected] Conference

Thu, June 2, 2016 9:00 am - Sat, June 4, 2016 2:00 pm

[email protected] is a three-day gathering tied to the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act. The conference will explore FOIA’s origins, importance, and its role in American law, politics and society. [email protected] is co-sponsored by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

Marketing Analytics & Data Science 2016

Wed, June 8, 2016 8:00 am - Fri, June 10, 2016 3:30 pm

The conference is designed to help you navigate an age where consumers demand more personalized communications, experiences and products, and internal stakeholders require more predictive intelligence to inform decisions, analytics and data science have emerged as silver bullets to uncover the human side of data.

Social Media Weekend 2016

Fri, June 10, 2016 9:00 am - Sat, June 11, 2016 6:00 pm

At the Social Media Weekend catch up on the latest social media trends, tools and people with @Sree Sreenivasan and friends at CUNY J-School. This June's #smwknd will offer two very full days of insights and networking, Q&As with social stars, Sree's State of Social presentation, free consultations with Social Media doctors, and more.

Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference

Thu, June 16, 2016 9:00 am - Sun, June 19, 2016 12:30 pm

The best in the business will gather for the Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference for more than 150 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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