Marcia Stepanek is a Multimedia Journalist, New Media Strategist, an award-winning news and content editor, videographer/producer, and author of the forthcoming book, "Swarms: The Rise of the Digital Anti-Establishment." She develops new media curriculum and teaches digital media strategy and cause video in the graduate program at New York University, and curates a speaker series she founded on disruptive innovation in the advocacy sector. She also publishes Videocracy, a multimedia journal and podcast about social video and the rising power of visual media as a tool for advocacy, social change and innovation. She blogs for a variety of publications, including the Stanford Social Innovation Review, MSNBC, and PopTech.
A former Knight Fellow in New Media at Stanford University and former Technology Strategies editor at Business Week, Marcia also was Founding Editor-in-Chief of Contribute magazine from 2005 to 2009, the first news magazine to cover the rise of digital advocacy and philanthropy. She also was 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. Under the mentoring of ABC Nightline Producer Tom Bettag, Marcia was an early convert to digital storytelling, filing video reports as a freelancer from Europe and Asia.
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 columns she wrote about the notion of privacy in a digital world. She was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
In addition to her academic, editorial and new media strategy work, Marcia also lectures on digital storytelling and the use of multimedia in advocacy, speaking at conferences worldwide. 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 media/journalism; she was a 2011 Internet Freedom Fellow at the US Mission in Geneva.
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