«Meet the Fellows

Dustin Bleizeffer

Dustin Bleizeffer ('17)

reporter, WyoFile, Casper, Wyo.
dustin.bleizeffer@stanford.edu, @DBleizeffer

Challenge: How can nonprofit online news creatively use technology to reinvigorate journalism and democracy in the rural West?

At Stanford, Dustin has focused his research in three areas: Collaboration and engagement, media tech and business models, and energy and rural economics of the West. First, he studied how small news organizations can better use technology to find stories, produce stories, publish and engage with readers and communities. Second, he began reaching out to specialized research centers such as Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Headwaters Economics about how research centers might help small resource-limited newsrooms leverage data tools and expertise for more effective and community-responsive reporting. Finally, he plans to develop a plan for how small newsrooms in the rural West can partner with research institutes and communities to examine community-specific economic challenges.

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About Dustin

Dustin Bleizeffer has helped build WyoFile.com, an online nonprofit news startup into one of the leading journalistic outlets in Wyoming. As editor-in-chief since 2010, he has shaped content strategy and worked closely with the board to seek financial viability for WyoFile. He previously was the energy reporter at the Casper Star-Tribune, covering all aspects of one of the state’s leading industries. He began his journalism career at the Gillette News Record, where he wore multiple reporting and editing hats. Bleizeffer was born and raised in Gillette, Wyo., the son of a coal miner and a custodian. Before earning his journalism degree from the University of Wyoming, he worked as a mechanic’s helper and apprentice for a company that builds and services mining and oil field equipment. Dustin and his wife Kristy have two sons and live in Casper, Wyo. He enjoys fishing.