Bill Densmore

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.





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The Banyan Project is built on the thinking and experience of 32 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 Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

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