An oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, 1980 to the present

A project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

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General comments on the project? Problems with our transcripts? Anything else on the site that needs correcting? Leave a comment here. (Leave comments on our essay on individual chapters.)
  • laserone

    I was just curious, on this page:
    … it has a video for an interview w/ Tim Berners Lee, but the transcript below it is for an interview with Jeff Jarvis. Was it supposed to be the transcript for the video above it (with Tim Berners Lee)? I might just be confused.

    • Thanks for noticing, laserone — that’s now fixed.

  • sbanderson

    BTW, your link to “Essay” in the footer actually goes to the table of contents (which I was delighted to find at least by accident, having been unable to track it down earlier).

  • in interview with Matt Mullenweg: Kismet is mentioned. But it should be Akismet.

  • Lisa Lynch

    The Gingras video is cut off at the end – it seems like the transcript is longer than the actual interview

    • Thanks for the heads up — we’ll go looking for the other half. At least until then, there’s the transcript, which appears to be complete.

  • Peter Orosz

    Gabriella Jackomen in the Nick Denton transcript, her name is spelled Gabriela Giacoman. Also, Gabby Darbisher is Gaby Darbyshire.

    • Thanks for letting us know — that’s fixed now!

  • Reese Schonfeld

    John (Huey),

    Thanks for the mention, but I never did a
    pilot for Levin. In 1978, Levin sent his emissary, Bob Weisberg, to ITNA
    (the Independent Television News Association, which by the way was the
    first satellite news service ever and which I had created) to gain
    access to our service. My partners who were all broadcasters refused his
    request, Weisberg then went back and made some sort of a pilot for
    Levin but Levin decided not to go forward with the project.

    The punchline is that according to Weisberg, Levin called him
    early one morning, spoke to Bob’s wife and said he had just come from
    the shower and he always got his best ideas in the shower, and that he
    had decided to go on with the project. Mrs. Weisberg told me after CNN
    began that if she were Gerry she’d never take a shower again.

    By the way, in September 1979 I engaged a couple of guys from San Francisco who built for us the first computerized script service for television newsrooms. ITN England acquired it, it was later sold to a Massachusetts digital company, but until AP appeared with a competitor in 1993 it was the universal tool of television news.

    Reese Schonfeld