Marcia Stepanek is a Multimedia Journalist, New Media Strategist, an award-winning news and features editor, videographer, and author of the forthcoming book, "Swarms: The Rise of the Digital Anti-Establishment." She develops new media curriculum and teaches social media strategy and cause video at New York University, curates an NYU speaker series she founded on disruptive innovation in the advocacy sector, and serves as New Media Advisor to NYU's Heyman Center for Philanthropy. She also publishes Cause Global, an award-winning blog covering the use of social media in social innovation, and Videocracy, a new blog about the use of short-form video in the social commons. Marcia also writes regularly for a variety of publications, including the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
A former Knight Fellow in New Media at Stanford University and former Technology Strategies editor at Business Week, Marcia is a frequent speaker on the impact of digital media on society. She was Founding Editor-in-Chief of Contribute magazine, Founding Executive Editor of CIO Insight magazine, the Washington projects editor for Hearst Media and an investigative reporter for Knight-Ridder News in Detroit and Washington. She also was Tokyo Bureau Chief for Hearst and reported from Asia and Eastern Europe for National Public Radio, PBS Television, and New Zealand Public Radio.
Marcia has received a variety of awards for her work, including a George Polk Award for Consumer Journalism, a National Press Club Award for Washington Correspondence, and a New York Newswomens’ Club Front Page Award for Internet Commentary, for a series of online columns exploring the notion of privacy in a digital world. Marcia was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
In addition to her academic, editorial and new media strategy work, Marcia also lectures on digital storytelling, digital media strategy, and the use of multimedia in advocacy, speaking at workshops and conferences worldwide. She also serves as Managing Director, New and Social Media, for US+Partners, a new media startup. Her Manhattan media studio, BrandStories, creates short-form video documentaries and visual media strategies for clients in the social commons.
In 2011, Marcia was a finalist for a World Technology Network award in journalism; she was an Internet Freedom Fellow Lecturer at the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.
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