2014 Symposium Speaker
Eric Newton - Knight Foundation
Eric Newton is the senior adviser to the president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. As program director and vice president, Newton has over the past decade helped expand Knight’s journalism and media innovation program from a department of one into a team of seven. He has also overseen the development of more than $300 million in grants. Previously, Newton was founding managing editor of the Newseum, leading the content team at the world's first museum of news.
As city editor, assistant managing editor and managing editor of the Oakland Tribune under Bob and Nancy Maynard, he helped the paper win 150 awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.
Newton has published widely. His most popular books are “Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists” and “Capture the Moment.” A distinguished alumnus of San Francisco State University (BA in journalism), he was a Rotary International Scholar at the University of Birmingham, England where he earned an MA in international studies. He has taught journalism at all levels and is the co-founder of the First Amendment Project, a nonprofit law project.
Eric Newton’s most recent writings include “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes From the Digital Age of Journalism” which tells why individuals and communities should care about the constant change and disruption in the field of journalism. He also is author of the fictional murder-mystery “Rashomon Diaries.” That story, in which three people confess to a crime, has become a near universal symbol of unresolved conflict and of how we can never really know what is true.
He shared a Peabody Award for Link TV’s "Mosaic: World News from the Middle East." He won the Reddick Award at the University of Texas for service to the field of communications, the RTDNA First Amendment Award for Sunshine Week and the Markoff Award at U.C. Berkeley for support of investigative reporting.