former managing editor, The Washington Post, Washington D.C., San Francisco
John Temple’s thinking on journalism evolved through his exposure to Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the d.school, MobiSocial Computing Lab and Graduate School of Business, as well as his work with talented JSK fellows and program staff. All those experiences reinforced the importance of focusing on the user and of the value of a bias toward action. John collaborated on bspoke, an open-source program that enables people to automatically build a rich profile of themselves – one that only they can see – and scouts the web to create a deeply personalized news report. He also served as an adviser to Laudd, a startup developing innovative approaches to paying for journalism, and Amuse Labs, a startup that uses games based on publisher expertise, such as multimedia crossword puzzles designed for tablets and smartphones, to help engage users with topical stories. As a senior fellow, John also coordinated a workshop on commenting with fellows and Google News and advised several media companies, both legacy and startup, on journalistic issues.
Journalist John Temple and Knight Fellowships Director Jim Bettinger briefly discuss Temple's impressions and experiences as a senior fellow in the Knight Fellowships.
Before coming to Stanford, John Temple was a managing editor at The Washington Post, overseeing the newsroom’s digital operations and departments serving Washington-area readers. That was a big change from his days wearing flip-flops as the first editor – and then general manager — of Honolulu Civil Beat, a pioneering local journalism initiative launched by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Temple has straddled both the editorial and business sides in a number of news organizations, including at the Rocky Mountain News, where he was editor, president and publisher for many years before the paper closed in 2009. The paper won its first four Pulitzer Prizes under his leadership. Temple also has worked in a corporate role as vice president/news of the newspaper division of the E.W. Scripps Co. and led start-ups within Scripps, such as RedBlueAmerica.com and YourHub.com.
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