Publishing visionary Bill Densmore is a pivotal figure in the national dialogue about journalism’s future. He is executive director of ITEGA (the Information Trust Exchange Governing Association), a nonprofit devoted to helping people control their privacy while helping publishers increase the trust of users.
Positions he has held in journalism 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 was 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.
Bill, a longtime blogger, has been a reporter for the Associated Press and the editor and publisher of community newspapers in Western Massachusetts; he lives in Williamstown.
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.