Posts by Matt Thompson

About Matt Thompson

I serve as an Editorial Product Manager at NPR, where I work with member stations to develop niche websites. Before coming to NPR, I worked with the Knight Foundation and the Reynolds Journalism Institute. As deputy editor of, I launched the award-winning, social, arts-and-entertainment site I also managed the creation of the Star Tribune's politics website Politically Connected, the development of an internal taxonomy, and other editorial projects related to community interaction and technology. Outside the Star Tribune, I'm probably best-known for being the voice and co-creator of EPIC 2014, an alternative history of the media, set in the future. Previously, I was the Fresno Bee's first online reporter/producer, and the Naughton Fellow for Reporting and Writing at the Poynter Institute. I currently sit on Poynter's National Advisory Board. You can find me and Robin (EPIC's other co-creator) blogging at Snarkmarket.My best Snarkmarket posts on journalism:The Attention Deficit: The Need for Timeless Journalism (8/07)The Press' New Paradigm (6/06)When Vox Populi Attacks (1/06)Three Rants on Rick, parts I & II, part III (11/05)The Era of Slow News (7/05)Websites you should really check out:We Feel FineJournerdismPopURLs

5 provocative ideas sparked by women in media

As 2012 gets moving, I thought I'd be the very last person to list some of the ideas that have gotten stuck in my mind from over the last year. Last year, I wrote a list of lessons I'd learned from women in media, and I found that to be a useful filter for reflecting on the year. So … Read More

10 lessons for the future from women in media

As 2010 drew to a finish and the end-of-year lists started streaming in, I began to feel that there was something missing from the din of bold predictions and celebrated thinkers in the tech and media world: female voices. The lists were awfully, um, man-happy -- an especially jarring finding in a year when I learned more from trailblazing women … Read More