author and journalist, Brooklyn, New York
Question: Create a hardcover culture magazine by and for the new everyone.
Danyel Smith immersed herself in new ways of thinking about journalism and innovation during her fellowship. She explored design thinking at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school), and used it in her work of refining approaches to journalism produced by diverse teams. Her interactions with graduate students in product design, during a course on the history of design schools, reminded her that design can and should challenge the status quo. Smith also embraced the startup philosophy of failing boldly and quickly, and then moving to the next iteration of a project. As she is passionate about finding new ways to talk about diversity and the multiculture, and new ways to lead within it, Danyel found inspiration in classes at the Graduate School of Business. The school’s motto — change lives, change organizations, change the world — has, as she likes to say, seeped into her bones. Smith combined these new Stanford lessons with her experience leading music and culture publications as she developed and execute the HRDCVR concept. HRDCVR, set to publish December 2014, is a crowdfunded, deeply designed and edited hardcover culture magazine. Its mission is to push print to its extreme — and, by over-serving the journalistically underserved, to change the soul of journalism.
While pushing print to its extreme, the diverse teams at HRDCVR create for a diverse world.
Danyel Smith issues a call to action for journalists everywhere.
Danyel Smith, co-founder of HRDCVR, had extensive experience leading culture and music publications. She is a former editor of Billboard, former chief content officer of VIBE Media Group and a former editor-in-chief of Vibe / vibe.com. Smith also was editor-at-large at Time Inc. She has written for NPR, ESPN The Magazine, CNN, MySpace, Elle, Time, Essence, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Media Group, and the New York Times. Smith often comments on culture for NPR, CNN, VH1, and ABC. She’s author of the novels “More Like Wrestling,” and “Bliss.” She is working on a history of black women in pop music. Smith — @danamo — can be found frequently on Twitter.
Information on this page is from the fellowship year.