director, Center for Collaborative Journalism, Macon, Georgia
Question: How might we use data about news stories and products to build stronger trust and attachment to news brands?
Tim Regan-Porter is the founding executive director of the Center for Collaborative Journalism, a partnership between Georgia Public Broadcasting, The (Macon) Telegraph and Mercer University. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Peyton Anderson Foundation, the center leads collaborative efforts to engage the community around civic issues, train professional journalists in digital tools and educate future journalists using a hands-on “teaching hospital” approach. The New York Times called this initiative “one of the nation’s boldest journalism experiments.” Regan-Porter is a 2016 Scripps Howard Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellow. Previously, Regan-Porter was president and co-founder of Paste Magazine, the award-winning entertainment title that became the third-largest music magazine in the U.S. Recognized as a “C-Level Visionary” in the Folio 40, at Paste he directed a website that trailed only Rolling Stone among print competitors, conceived and developed the viral phenomenon Obamicon.me, oversaw a successful print-to-digital transition, and led social media efforts. Prior to Paste, Regan-Porter spent 10 years in web development at several firms, including IBM’s e-Business National Practice where he managed the engineering teams on some of IBM’s largest projects.