Dan Sinker and Rebecca Weiss of Mozilla

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Dan Sinker heads up the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project for Mozilla. From 2008-2011 he taught in the journalism department at Columbia College Chicago where he focused on entrepreneurial journalism and the mobile web. He is the author of the popular @MayorEmanuel twitter account and was the founding editor of the influential underground culture magazine Punk Planet until its closure in 2007. He is the editor of We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet, the collected interviews and was a 2007-08 Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

Rebecca Weiss is a member of the Metrics and Analytics team at Mozilla Corporation, where she works on problems relating to market share, growth of product, and brand engagement. Unlike other major tech companies, Mozilla does not have a traditional Data Science team due to concerns about data ownership and privacy, which makes the life of an analyst an interesting challenge. Rebecca also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is working on her PhD in Communication from Stanford. She is also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a fellow of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.


Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief, on the Most Pressing Issues in Business Journalism Today



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Matthew Winkler
Few people in journalism today can claim the reputation of Matthew Winkler, the long-time, bow-tied editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News.
A Kenyon College graduate who kicked off his career at the Ohio-based Mount Vernon News, Winkler spent 10 years as a financial reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Dow Jones before co-founding Bloomberg News with the service’s namesake, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in 1990. From 1991 until 1994 he was also a markets columnist for Forbes. Winkler has penned two books, The Bloomberg Way: A Guide for Reporters and Editors, and Bloomberg by Bloomberg, which he co-authored.

Under the stewardship of Winkler, Bloomberg News has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes and has won more than 500 awards, according to his bio on the Bloomberg website. This includes the George Polk, Gerald Loeb, Investigative Reports & Editors and Society of Professional Journalists awards. Winkler himself is the recipient of the 2007 Gerald Loeb Foundation Lifetime achievement award.

But Bloomberg has not been immune to the changes many mainstream news organizations have been grappling with in recent years: In November the company laid off around 40 journalists across multiple departments, while also planning the expansion of coverage in emerging markets. Just prior to the layoffs, Bloomberg News and Winkler in particular were questioned by other media outlets over the company’s coverage policies in China.

Winkler joins us at Stanford University on Wednesday, February 5 at 12:15 pm PT to discuss the changing face of business journalism and the most pressing issues in the sector today.