Steve Outing

Steve Outing

Media futurist | News change agent | Digital-media consultant | Educator/trainer | Journalist

Boulder, Colorado (Greater Denver Area)
Online Media

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Steve Outing's Overview

  • Writer | futurist | researcher | author | consultant | advisor | speaker | educator at Media Disruptus

500+ connections


Steve Outing's Summary

CURRENTLY: dba Media Disruptus: Media-innovation and strategic-foresight consultant ... Speaker, trainer, educator focused on news innovation, digital storytelling and tools, media business models ... Journalist, researcher, and news/media analyst for hire ...

I specialize in helping news organizations and journalism-education programs envision the future and adapt, and technology enterprises develop media strategies and partnerships with the news sector.

Let me help your organization shape its future, not just react to the fast pace of change of our times.

• Journalism/news innovator
• Pioneer in online news (since 1994)
• Professional journalist since 1978 ... Abandoned print medium in 1994
• Large network of colleagues in news, media, journalism-education, technology sectors
• LinkedIn connections: 1,025 | Twitter followers: 5,458 | Google+: in 9,255 circles
• Blogger since 2000 (E-Media Tidbits,,
• Tweeting since July 12, 2007 @steveouting
• Respected columnist/pundit for news industry executives, managers from 1995 to 2009
• Consultant to news, media, and content companies (innovation, business models)
• Researcher/writer/editor for school for professional journalists (Poynter Institute)
• Entrepreneur at intersection of niche news and social media
• Educator at university level focused on digital-media trends, digital storytelling, social media
• Speaker, trainer, researcher, freelancer, author

Steve Outing's Experience

Writer | futurist | researcher | author | consultant | advisor | speaker | educator

Media Disruptus

January 1994Present (20 years 10 months) Boulder, CO

Over the years, I've done a wide range of independent work within the digital/online news field:
• Research reports, book chapters, books (on online newspapers, e-mail publishing, online classifieds, etc.).
• Freelance writing and columns on a range of online-media topics. (The Guardian, Harvard's Nieman Reports, Writer's Digest, Ad Age, and many others in the U.S. and overseas.)
• Advisor/consultant to media companies on digital-media strategy.
• Speaker at numerous conferences and seminars: student groups, journalism associations, media executives, journalism academics, public lectures.
• Regularly interviewed by reporters from media organizations worldwide, book authors, and scholars on topics relating to many aspects of digital media, social media, and news innovation.
• Judge for online-news and journalism competitions (Online Journalism Awards, EPpies, SND.ies, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, etc.). Founder of EPpies.

Founder, program director, instructor

Digital News Test Kitchen

Educational Institution; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

November 2009May 2013 (3 years 7 months) Boulder CO

Digital-innovation specialist within CU-Boulder Journalism program:
• Recruited and supervised student and team research projects (news for smartphones; incivility in user comments; rhetoric of popular photographs; news gaming; community news/info curation; disruptive-media tools; etc.).
• Taught Digital-Media Trends and Innovative Digital Storytelling for News.
• Co-founded dLab, bringing digital- and social-media training to classrooms and workshop series.
• Invited and hosted a series of digital-news/media expert speakers for workshops.
• Assisted student-media editors and advisor on innovation.
• Frequent guest lecturer in classrooms on digital, future-of-news topics.
• Introduced social-media data to university as needed new area of study and research. (Will become part of planned new College of Communication, Media, and Information.)
• Brought innovative new tools to Journalism program for student and faculty use (Public Insight Network, DocumentCloud, Geofeedia, mobile reporting hardware, experimental/beta tools and services).
• Partnered with media and technology companies for university-private news coverage, research projects.
• Organized workshop on Funding for Non-profit News Organizations.
• Mentored individual students interested in digital future of journalism.
• Researched and blogged about new trends affecting journalism.


Editor & Publisher

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Publishing industry

March 1995December 2009 (14 years 10 months)

"Stop The Presses!" columnist for Editor & Publisher Online from 1995 to 2009 (when E&P was shut down by its owner, Nielsen Co.). My regular column covered the intersection of the Internet and news media, with emphasis on newspapers but covering all sorts of interactive media, social media, journalism-innovation, and industry issues.


February 2008November 2009 (1 year 10 months)

Part-time project to guide and support news industry in regaining losses in classified advertising.



January 2008August 2008 (8 months)

The comic, reinvented. By artist/writer team Steve Kearsley and Steve Outing. techGRL is a new kind of comic strip, where the traditional comic intersects with online social media. ... A fun little side project.

Founder & publisher

Enthusiast Group

March 2006November 2007 (1 year 9 months) Boulder, CO

Enthusiast Group LLC published a network of grassroots-media and social networking-driven websites focused on creating highly interactive communities serving adventure and outdoor sports enthusiasts. The company shut down in late 2007.

Senior editor

Poynter Institute

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

September 2001February 2006 (4 years 6 months)

I did mostly writing and research for Poynter on topics relating to the Internet and news media. Established, wrote, and edited E-Media Tidbits, a group blog of online-media experts from across the globe. Favorite Poynter project: Eyetrack III study of broadband-era news websites and multimedia editorial content; findings published, September 2004 at

Graphics editor, graphic artist, features copy editor

San Francisco Chronicle

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Newspapers industry

May 1986December 1993 (7 years 8 months)

While at the Chronicle, I bounced around various editorial jobs -- editing for the features department, trying my hand at being an infographics artist, and managing the news graphics operation. Also was involved in the (very) early days of, when we were playing around with BBS's. (I left before it became a web site.)

Steve Outing's Projects

  • Supervisor: "What Makes a Photograph Popular?"

    • September 2012 to January 2013
    Team Members: Steve Outing, Robert Denton

    Supervisor and advisor on student research project by Rob Denton, in collaboration with and its CEO/founder, Jason Sieken. Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Colorado Boulder.

Steve Outing's Skills & Expertise

  1. Online Publishing
  2. Social Networking
  3. Mobile Content
  4. Multimedia
  5. Social Media
  6. Blogging
  7. Editing
  8. Web 2.0
  9. New Media
  10. Mobile Internet
  11. Publishing
  12. Journalism
  13. Newspaper
  14. Writing
  15. Editorial
  16. Research
  17. Web Content
  18. Online Journalism
  19. Digital Strategy
  20. Content Strategy
  21. Digital Media
  22. Newspapers
  23. Storytelling
  24. Publications
  25. Content Management
  26. Content Development
  27. Freelance Writing
  28. News Writing
  29. Copy Editing
  30. Feature Articles
  31. AP Style
  32. Photography
  33. Books
  34. Digital Journalism
  35. Web Content Management
  36. Copywriting
  37. Magazines
  38. Breaking News
  39. Investigative Reporting
  40. Interviews
  41. Press Releases
  42. Newsletters
  43. WordPress
  44. Proofreading
  45. Media Relations
  46. Fact-checking
  47. Creative Writing
  48. Web Editing
  49. Headline Writing

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Steve Outing's Education

Colorado State University

BA, Technical journalism

September 1974May 1978

Activities and Societies: Managing editor, The Collegian, student newspaper of CSU.

University of Houston

Certificate in Strategic Foresight, Future studies, strategic foresight theory and practice


School of Continuing Education & Professional Studies
Taught by Dr. Peter Bishop, Dr. Andrew Hines

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