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Telling the Truth 2020: Craig Newmark and Jeff Jarvis

Welcome to the final event of Telling the Truth 2020, the New York State Writers Institute's virtual symposium on politics, tribalism, polarization, and the future of democracy.

NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl talks with Craig Newmark and Jeff Jarvis.

Craig Newmark is the founder of Craigslist, the web-based platform that has fundamentally changed classified advertising. Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the world’s 10 most-visited English language web platforms. Today there are craigslist websites virtually everywhere and serving every continent on earth, except Antarctica, at least according to his biography from Newmark’s induction into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.

In addition to being a Web pioneer, Newmark is a speaker, a philanthropist and a self-described “old-school nerd.” Through his Craig Newmark Philanthropies, he has contributed tens of millions of dollars to support the people and organizations that protect values that America aspires to: fairness, opportunity and respect.

Jeff Jarvis is Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. Jarvis is a national leader in the development of online news, blogging, the investigation of new business models for news, and the teaching of entrepreneurial journalism.

He writes an influential media blog, He is the author of several books, including Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News and What Would Google Do? He has consulted for several media companies and previously worked as a columnist, editor and writer for a number of publications and also was the creator and founding managing editor of Entertainment Weekly.


“It’s our hope that Telling the Truth 2020 will be a force for good and will provide a public service by bringing together experts with a wide range of perspective. We want these events to be conversations of healing, of finding common ground, and of listening respectfully to viewpoints different than our own. We hope this weeklong symposium will build bridges of empathy rather than erecting more walls of fear and hatred.”

-- Paul Grondahl, Director of the NYS Writers Institute.

Telling the Truth 2020 is the Writers Institute’s third major event of the fall season, following the Albany Book Festival in September and the Time for Reckoning Symposium in October. It is also the third time the Institute has turned its attention to issues of truth-telling, journalism, and ethics. A three-day Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World event was held in 2017 and Telling the Truth: A Symposium on the Craft of Nonfiction took place in 1991.

Telling the Truth 2020 is presented by the New York State Writers Institute with special thanks to The Maguire Family Endowment at the NYSWI, The Opalka Family Endowment, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, The University at Albany Foundation, and WAMC Northeast Public Radio.


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