Marcia Stepanek

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 new media strategy and cause video in the graduate program 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 Videocracy, a new blog about social video and the power of visual media in social change, and blogs 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 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; 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 in 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 an Internet Freedom Fellow Lecturer at the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.