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Panelist added: Jack Smith IV, staff reporter at New York Observer and 2013 Montclair State grad

Continuing the "disruption" theme from our November event with Carlos Dominguez, we will be presenting a series of events in 2014 about disruption in different industries, beginning with media. Media is one of the first industries to be disrupted. What lessons can we learn from these seismic changes and how media entities have reacted to them? What is the essence of media today—is it a content business or a service business? How should media companies measure their success? What, if anything, can media learn from Google, Twitter and Facebook? Is the future of media bleak or bright? Join us for an exciting evening as media experts debate these questions, and more.

Featuring a keynote discussion between Jeff Jarvis, author and media consultant, and Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University.

A panel of media experts, moderated by Merrill Brown, will also discuss these issues. Panelists include (see bios below):
Jeff Jarvis, author and media consultant
John Mooney, founder and editor of NJ Spotlight
Paul Maidment, principal and editor-in-chief of Bystander Media
Steven Waldman, journalist, entrepreneur, digital content pioneer
Jack Smith IV, staff reporter at New York Observer and 2013 Montclair State grad

Event is presented by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship (, and School of Communication and Media (, and Center for Cooperative Media (, at Montclair State University.

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6:00-6:45 Networking with light refreshments
6:45-6:50 Welcome, etc. by Dennis Bone
6:50-7:20 Discussion between Jeff Jarvis and Merrill Brown
7:20-8:30 Panel discussion moderated by Merrill Brown, plus audience Q&A

Speaker bios:
Jeff Jarvis (, author of "Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live" and "What Would Google Do?", blogs about media and news at ( He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism ( He is consulting editor and a partner at Daylife, a news startup, and consults for media companies. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of, the online arm of Advance Publications, which owns The Star-Ledger and other publications. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today.

John Mooney ( founded NJ Spotlight ( in 2009 and is its editor. NJ Spotlight is an online news service that delivers insight and information on issues critical to New Jersey, with the aim of informing and engaging the state’s communities and businesses. Previously, Mooney covered education in New Jersey for 15 years as a reporter for The Newark Star-Ledger and The Bergen Record and as a contributing writer for The New York Times. He has won numerous state and national awards, including honors from the Education Writers Association and the American Society of News Editors. John also has spoken at conferences and other events regarding school issues facing New Jersey and the role of education journalism. He lives in Montclair.

Paul Maidment ( is principal and editor-in-chief of Bystander Media ( Before founding Bystander Media in 2010, Maidment was editor of and executive editor of Forbes for almost a decade. Maidment was also the founding editor of the Financial Times‘ web site In a similar joint print-online role intended to transform the editorial culture and operations at the newspaper, he launched the site in 1995. The Financial Times was the first English language daily to have an integrated print-online newsroom. was the first non-U.S. site to win two Eppy Awards. Maidment's earlier career includes a decade as a foreign correspondent and editor with The Economist in Asia, Europe and the U.S. as well as time with the Asian Wall Street Journal and the BBC. His signature web video column, Notes on the News, about the intersection of global business, politics and economics, is the recipient of a Media Business Best Online Business Video Award. Maidment was inducted into min’s Digital Hall of Fame in 2010.

Steven Waldman ( is a journalist, entrepreneur, digital content pioneer, media executive and national advocate for robust accountability journalism in the broadband age. He was national editor of U.S. News & World Report and national correspondent for Newsweek. In 1998, Waldman founded, a multifaith religion website, and served as editor-in-chief and CEO of the company, which was purchased by News Corp. in 2007. From[masked], he was senior adviser to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and lead author of the landmark report, “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age,” which NPR’s “On the Media” program called “one of the most comprehensive overviews of the U.S. media ever produced.” He then chaired the Council of Foundation’s Nonprofit Media Working Group, a task force of leaders of nonprofit news organizations and foundations that identified tax obstacles hindering nonprofit news startups. Waldman is an author and recently created Daily Bridge Media, which launched (, a site about the Brooklyn Nets (@TheBKGame), and is developing a startup related to life milestones.

Jack Smith IV (*1_*1_name_GqQd_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1&locale=en_US&id=192457757) is a staff reporter at New York Observer reporting tech business news in New York, focusing on founders and funding, policy and investments. He writes stories daily for Betabeat ( (The Observer's tech blog) and other Observer Media properties. He has held internships with CBS News' Investigative Unit and WNYC Radio. Smith is a 2013 Montclair State grad and was a staff writer on the university newspaper, The Montclarion.

Merrill Brown ( was named inaugural director of the Montclair State School of Communication and Media ( in August 2012. He was the founding editor in chief of and the founding editorial director of News21, a component of the Carnegie Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education. Brown has held positions in newspaper and magazine publishing and in cable television before beginning his work in digital media in 1994. He has also worked with dozens of early stage ventures and traditional media companies as a strategy consultant, board member and adviser.