Matt Thompson

Manager of Digital Initiatives, NPR

@mthomps

Matt Thompson is the Manager of Digital Initiatives (and Mischief) for NPR. That means exactly what it sounds like. He’s built digital communities for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Knight Foundation, and the Fresno Bee, among others, but if he were forced to choose a favorite at gunpoint, it would be the blog he co-created, Snarkmarket. He serves on the board of directors of the Center for Public Integrity, and was an advisory board member for the Poynter Institute, where he’s now an adjunct faculty member. Along with four co-founders, he’s created an event series called Spark Camp, which brings journalists together with others from many different industries and backgrounds. He’s a gay black Catholic Canadian of Guyanese ancestry. He can recite all the books of the Bible in order. And the senior thesis that earned him an honors English degree from Harvard was about Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Sessions

  • Saturday, 3:30 pm
    Garden Room A-B

    Unconference Session – Innovation and Trends in Video Storytelling

    More of a conversation than presentation, let’s get together and share some of the cool ways we’re using video to tell stories.

  • Saturday, 2:15 pm
    Garden Room A-B

    Unconference Session – How Do We Keep the “Story” in Alternate Story Form?

    Do we lose narratives with alternate story forms? Where's the context? This session encourages discussion about what works and what doesn't.

  • Saturday, 11:30 am
    Garden Room A-B

    Unconference Session – Is Tumblr the New Time, Inc.?

    Are journalists’ future homes in places that aren’t primarily about journalism, and should it be?

  • Thursday, 9:00 am
    Hospitality Room

    Intro to Design Thinking

    This session will be led by staff of Stanford’s world-renowned Hasso M. Plattner Institute of Design — commonly called the d.school.

  • Thursday, 9:15 am
    Grand Ballroom B, Garden Room AB

    Law School for Digital Journalists

    A full day of practical training, taught by leading experts on digital media law.

  • Thursday, 4:30 pm
    Bayview A

    Entrepreneurial Pop-Ups

    Have a challenge? Work with our presenters for one-on-one consults in which they lend their expertise to help you solve your biggest struggle.

  • Thursday, 3:45 pm
    Bayview A

    The Rise of University News Startups

    J-Schools are launching news sites as outlets to teach students both reporting and entrepreneurship skills. Hear about several models that are working.

  • Thursday, 3:00 pm
    Bayview A

    Collaboration vs. Competition

    When should a news start-up partner with a mainstream news outlet? A look at collaboration models, do’s and don’ts and guerrilla marketing.

  • Thursday, 2:00 pm
    Bayview A

    Engaging Audiences

    Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come. A discussion of the four strata of engagement and successful engagement strategies.

  • Thursday, 1:15 pm
    Bayview A

    The Art of the Close

    Journalists are great at producing content and covering stories. Ask them to sell an ad, though, and generally they can’t close the deal.