Editor, Shareable.net, San Francisco, California
Project: Exploring business models for individual journalists as a way of sustaining journalism as a whole. He is focused on discovering what journalists are doing to finance the writing that matters most to them and to society — community news, investigative reporting, explanatory journalism, cultural interpretation.
Smith was born in Manchester, Conn. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Florida. Smith is a veteran social entrepreneur, with experience launching and managing crossplatform projects for a number of nonprofits. He served as senior editor at Greater Good magazine in Berkeley and publisher of Dollars & Sense Magazine in Boston. As deputy director of the Independent Press Association from 2000 to 2005, he helped launch the Independent Press Development Fund, a network of ethnic newspapers; a fellowship for journalists of color; a paperbuying coop; and many technical assistance services. In 2009, he founded Shareable.net, which explores how new technology is enabling new ways of sharing information and resources. Smith is also co-editor of a series of science anthologies, most recently “Are We Born Racist?” and author of “The Daddy Shift: How Stay-at-Home Dads, Breadwinning Moms, and Shared Parenting Are Transforming the American Family.”
Smith explores business models for individual journalists as a way of sustaining journalism as a whole.
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