JEFF JARVIS is the Director of the Tow-Knight Center and teaches the Entrepreneurial Journalism Program’s New Business Models for News and New Business Incubation courses. A member of the faculty since the J-School’s launch in August 2006, Professor Jarvis created and continues to teach the pioneering Entrepreneurial Journalism course. He is an outspoken leader in the discussion of the future of journalism and advises and invests in news startups as well as media companies in the U.S. and Europe. Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly and developed a dozen local internet news services as president of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications. He wrote the best-seller What Would Google Do? and his latest book is Public Parts. Professor Jarvis writes the popular blog BuzzMachine and tweets frequently @jeffjarvis.
JEREMY CAPLAN is the Director of Education for the Tow-Knight Center and teaches the Entrepreneurial Journalism Program’s Fundamentals of Business and New Business Incubation courses. He is also a Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute. In addition to contributing to Time magazine on subjects ranging from business innovation to consumer technology, Caplan writes for The Wall Street Journal’s “Digits” blog. He was previously a Wiegers Fellow at Columbia Business School, where he completed his MBA, and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School, where he earned an M.S. in Journalism. Along with a degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Caplan holds a certificate in violin performance. Before joining Time, Caplan worked for The Paris Review, Yahoo! Internet Life, and Newsweek.
Dawn Barber connects students with New York startups for the New Media Apprenticeship course and also serves as a Program mentor/advisor. She is the co-founder of NY Tech Meetup and has extensive experience in planning and organizing groups and events in and around the New York technology community. She is on the board of InSITE and MOUSE, and is also an Astia NYC Advisory Board member, a New York City trustee of The Awesome Foundation, and a mentor for both Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator and Women Innovate Mobile. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Jennifer McFadden, Director of Research for the Tow-Knight Center, manages the Technology Immersion and New Media Apprenticeship courses and also serves as a mentor to the Program’s students. She is interested in the intersection of media and technology and has focused on finding new business models for news through her research at CUNY, as well as through projects with startups in the news space. Previously, Jennifer was a Digital Product Marketing Manager at The New York Times, where she worked closely with the product development and ad sales teams to develop new advertising around the Times’ business and technology verticals. Jennifer is a 2008 graduate of the Yale School of Management, where she focused on finance and entrepreneurship. While at Yale, Jennifer helped co-found and was the original Program Director for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), a university-sponsored incubator. Jennifer graduated cum laude with a BA in economics from The University of Cincinnati, where she was a Hewett-Kautz Fellow.
Jeff Mignon, founder & CEO of the international digital agency RevSquare/Mignon-Media, teaches modules of the Technology Immersion course and also organizes a network of mentors to assist the Program’s students as they develop their business plans. Jeff specializes in media, education, and corporate communication. He is publisher of the news site for kids Kiddoki.com and an investor in two startups: Open Topic & Fuzu Media. He was co-creator of the first daily newspapers for kids, published by Playbac Presse in France: Mon Quotidien, Le Petit Quotidien, l’actu & l’éco. Jeff was also co-creator of Quelcandidat.com, the first participative media with news both from journalists and “citizen journalists” in France and one of the most successful political websites during the 2007 presidential election. He was founder, co-CEO & creative director of Formules Presse, a media consulting company in Paris and also helped to create the inforgraphic agency 5W Infographics (New York, Madrid) and the media consulting agency Mediapolis (Warsaw). Previously, he studied and taught at the Paris J-school, CFPJ. His work has been honored by several national and international organizations, including the Society for News Design.
Amit Paley, a management consultant at McKinsey & Company’s New York office, helps teach the Fundamentals of Business course. He previously worked at The Washington Post as a financial investigative journalist, foreign correspondent based in Baghdad, and national education reporter. Paley contributed to a package of stories from Iraq that were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and broke a series of stories on the student loan industry that spawned several Congressional investigations. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was chairman of the Honor Board, and an MS from Columbia Journalism School. Paley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he served as president of The Harvard Crimson.
Hong Qu builds social media tools that help us better understand ourselves and the world around us. Hong spearheaded YouTube’s localization strategy in Asia by conducting user research studies at Google’s Asia offices. Prior to YouTube, Hong has worked at Yahoo and various start-ups in New York and Silicon Valley. Hong has a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Information majoring in social media design and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Nancy Wang, co-founder and COO of the international digital agency RevSquare/Mignon-Media, teaches modules of the Technology Immersion course and also organizes a network of mentors to assist the Program’s students as they develop their business plans. At RevSquare, Nancy is the head of Strategy and Business Development, with a focus on digital strategy. She has more than 18 years experience working as a media industry consultant, specializing in growth strategy, product development, and business process improvement, and has been a strategy consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton and Price Waterhouse. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in French, Nancy is also a partner and co-founder of Itsmynews, a startup that leverages RSS technology. She was also VP and COO of an Internet startup developing online news and education products and services for children ages 5 to 16. Nancy is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has an MBA from Columbia University.