Bill Densmore

Bill Densmore is a pivotal figure in the national dialogue about journalism’s future. His positions include:

  • Co-founder, co-director and board member of Journalism that Matters, a nonprofit organization that since 2001 has conducted 14 conferences on an array of journalism issues in cities and institutions from coast to coast; Bill is the lead organizer of JTM conferences.
  • Director of the Media Giraffe Program, based at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, whose mission is to foster participatory democracy and community by discovering and celebrating above-the-crowd individuals making innovative, sustainable use of media.
  • Board member of the New England Newspaper & Press Association.
  • Director of the New England News Forum, a collaboration among news professionals, citizen journalists, educators and the public to promote vigorous, trusted, accountable journalism.
  • A member of the first class of fellows of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, our nation’s first journalism school and its largest; he continues with RJI as a consultant.

Bill, a longtime blogger, has been a reporter for the Associated Press and the editor and publisher of community newspapers in Western Massachusetts. As an entrepreneur, he applies his expertise on Internet information technologies and business models as founder of Clickshare Service Corporation, a Web content micropayments system, and as a partner in the launch of CircLabs Inc., which was initially funded by RJI, the Associated Press and other investors to develop Web news personalization tools for newspapers. Bill lives in Williamstown, Mass.

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The Banyan Project is a nonprofit organization founded from the thinking of 30 senior journalists, academics, Web developers, sociologists and researchers, business and financial strategists, and advocates for strengthening democracy brought together by Tom Stites. Members of this Board of Advisors are listed below; click on names to see bios.

Stites shaped Banyan's model as a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is now helping a committee of community leaders who are organizing Haverhill Matters, the nation's first community Web news co-op in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

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