If Danny was in the room, you knew it. I was asked, more than once, “Who is that guy?” He never shrank into the background. He sat up front, always had something to say and usually wanted to be the first and last word.
Showpiece productions like the recent NSA Files from The Guardian and last year’s Snowfall from the New York Times offer hope for the future of news. They are part of a micro-burst of experimentation that hints at what the next generation of digital news products could look and feel like every day.
Data journalism sits at the heart of the movement toward increased government transparency, open data and accountability. But the role of the media in this equation – and of free speech – is too often overlooked.
I believe in the social purpose of journalism. I believe in the financial one, too. Mostly, I believe in viable news organizations as vital instruments for knowledge and change, both here and throughout the world.