JEFF JARVIS, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live (Simon & Schuster, 2011) and What Would Google Do? (HarperCollins 2009), blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor and a partner at Daylife, a news startup. He consults for media companies and is a public speaker. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today.
This is a personal site.
Business ties: I have consulted for various media companies. Currently this includes NJ.com at Advance Publications, my former employer; Advance owns Condé Nast, Newhouse Newspapers, Parade, American City Business Journals, Bright House cable, and Advance Internet, where I used to work. I am on the advisory board for Digital First Media along with Jay Rosen and Emily Bell. I am currently working on projects for the Telegraph in London and Stern in Germany. Until December 2006, I was consulting regularly for The New York Times Company at its About.com subsidiary. I have spoken for groups at Best Buy, Sky News (where I also consulted briefly), VH1, Hearst, Meredith, The Week, Hill & Knowlton, Burda, Holtzbrinck, Axel Springer, USA Today, Time Warner, Edelman, Publicis/Denou, the BBC, News Corp., GM, Avaya, Accenture, Bloomberg (under the auspices of CUNY), and at various conferences and in these videos for SAP. I was a partner in Daylife, a news startup, whose investors included The New York Times Company, Getty, Craig Newmark, Dave Winer, Michael Arrington, Huffington Post’s Ken Lerer, and others. Daylife was bought by Newscred; I received nothing in that transaction. I have small angel investments in Ubermedia, Covestor, 33Across, Black20, and Path101, the last two of which are no longer. I have been an advisor to Glam, Free Range Content (Repost.us), and Wobbleworks (3Doodler). I have been listed on the advisory boards of Rayv, Brightcove, Consenda, and Technorati and received options in Brightcove; those relationships have lapsed. I declined an invitation to join Demand Media’s board of advisors. My book, What Would Google Do?, is published by HarperCollins, a division of News Corp. My latest book, Public Parts, is published by Simon & Schuster, a division of Viacom. My Kindle Single, Gutenberg the Geek, was published by Amazon.
Media ties: I have worked for many a media company — Advance, Time Warner, Hearst, Tribune, Maxwell, News Corp., Knight Ridder — and know people and have friends in most of them. I have been turned down for jobs or contributor gigs, over the years (these are from the early years) at The NY Times, the NY Daily News, Paramount, and CBS. I make some would say too-frequent appearances on TV and radio but I am not paid for them (and I’ve been known to growl about that). I am now writing as a columnist for Media Guardian and am presenter of its MediaTalkUSA podcast.
Stocks: I own Time Warner stock (drat the luck) as well as Sirius. I bought Google stock in 2008 (at $512). I also own Amazon, Microsoft, and Intel. Most of my holdings today are in mutual funds because I’m a lousy investor.
Religion: Since I write about religion occasionally, you should know that I was raised Presbyterian (and my sister is a Presbyterian pastor) but I left the church a few times. Until recently, I went to a Congregational church (independent, not affiliated with the UCC). On religion, you could call me liberal (the people at my last churches certainly did).
Politics: I am a liberal: a centrist leaning left. I have voted for Democrats in most elections. In the 2008 primary, I voted for Hillary Clinton. In the general election, I voted for Barack Obama. Nonetheless, I piss off Democrats for not always agreeing with them and for linking to those with whom they disagree. But that is why I like the blogosphere so much: because I end up talking with people whose opinions often don’t align with mine. I am a post-9/11 hawk, having survived the attacks on the world Trade Center. I was a supporter of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and tough on terrorism. But I do believe the Iraq war has been terribly executed. I believe the First Amendment is the cornerstone of American values and so I abhor government interference in free speech; I support Howard Stern’s right to broadcast and like his show and I have come to see that regulation of political speech is dangerous. I believe in separation of church and state but I’m not nutty about it; it’s OK to say Merry Christmas, but it’s not OK to bring prayer to school or religious dogma to the FCC. I am pro-choice, though have no idea what I would do if faced with that choice myself. I believe government must find some way to fix America’s health care and health insurance mess. I do not think big media are too big because there is new competition, and I do not support government regulation of media. I do not think that development is a dirty word and believe that open-space taxes are sometimes a waste and a welcome mat for local corruption. I support Israel’s right to exist. I am in favor of government funding for research, including stem-cell research. I think we are criminally behind on development of alternative fuel and fuel-conservation solutions. I think we are dangerously behind in open development of broadband. What else?
My responses to The New York Times freelancer questionnaire as of mid-2006:
1. Please list your other current employers, whether full time or part time
* The New York Times Company at About.com, as a consultant.
* The Guardian, as new-media columnist and occasional consultant/speaker.
* Advance, as a consultant.
* A news startup still in development, as editor.
* Occasional paid consulting or speaking engagements for various media companies and conferences including over the last year USA Today, Burda, Hearst, VH1, the Online Publishers Association, Hill & Knowlton, Time Warner.
* On the advisory boards of Brightcove and Dawntreader.
* Starting in September, I will be on the faculty of the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.
2. For what other employers have you worked in the last three years?
Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications.
3. What sort of volunteer work do you do regularly, if any, and for whom? (Please include any public relations, advocacy or advisory board involvement.)
I am on the governing board of my Congregational church and sing in the choir there.
4. Do you do any work paid or unpaid in politics or government? Have you done any lobbying of governmental bodies?
I have sought an invitation to speak before the Senate Commerce Committee on FCC censorship.
I was on the first advisory board for the J-Lab grants.
5. Do you have any financial investments or financial ties that may limit your ability to cover specific topics free of conflict, and if so, what are the topics?
None because I disclose them and readers can then judge whether they have limited my ability. I have investments in various media companies, including Time Warner, Sirius, Disney in addition to Amazon, Microsoft, and Intel.
6. Although we don’t regulate the activities of spouses, partners or immediate family members of our contributors, do any of their professional or personal involvements or any of their financial investments or ties make certain topics inappropriate for you, and if so, what are the topics?
7. Have you accepted any free trips, junkets or press trips in the last two years? Have you accepted any substantial free merchandise or discounts from people we might cover?
I have had my travel paid to speak at the Online Publishers Association and Media Center conferences. I disclosed on my blog receiving six months’ use of a high-speed phone from Sprint because I blog. Now that I am independent, I sit on my hands and let others pay for lunch if they have expense accounts.
8. Has anything you’ve written later resulted in a published editor’s note or retraction for deliberate falsehood or plagiarism or become the subject of a lawsuit involving allegations of deliberate falsehood? (If yes, please include details about the publication and your role in the article or story. If a lawsuit, please describe the disposition of the case.)
No. I have made mistakes on my blog and corrected them there.