June 17, 2008 · 6:00 PM
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Jesse Brown is the host and one of the producers of the CBC Radio One show Search Engine. A journalist and humourist, Jesse has worked in many different forms of media, including print, television, and radio. Since its launch in September, 2007, Search Engine has won praise from followers of Internet culture, in Canada and worldwide, and has attracted a thriving, engaged community of listeners with an interest in the social, political, and cultural impact of technology. Designed as a collaborative, open source radio show, Jesse and his colleagues at Search Engine utilize the show's blog to communicate and collaborate with listeners. The radio stories feed off of opinions or information gleaned from listener commentary, and feature stories on the show typically spill over into healthy, sometimes heated discussion in the blog comments. Jesse also openly encourages listeners to suggest improvements and changes to the show itself, and continues to tune the show format based on listener feedback. Jesse broke into media at the age of 17 by founding a city-wide underground student newspaper. He was honoured by Ryerson University with their Udo award, ?for noteworthy contributions to the field of Journalism,? and remains the youngest recipient in the award?s history. His radio program The Contrarians ran as a summer replacement series on CBC Radio One. His satirical column The Experiment ran for two years in Saturday Night Magazine and won a National Magazine Award for Humour. Come out and hear Jesse speak about the ideas behind Search Engine, the power of the community, and the future of open source broadcasting. Once again, we're thankful to our sponsor, CNW Group, whose financial support makes it possible to run Third Tuesdays in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal as FREE events. Thank you to CNW for supporting the Canadian social media community.