Executive Producer AJ+, ex CEO Circa
David Cohn has written for Wired, Seed, Columbia Journalism Review and The New York Times among other
publications. His career has focused on changing the process of journalism, making it more transparent,
participatory and digital.
Most recently he is the Chief Content Officer at Circa, a startup redefining how news is constructed and
consumed on the mobile phone.
While working toward his master's degree at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Cohn
worked on NewAssignment.net and AssignmentZero with Jay Rosen - considered a groundbreaking experiment
to use crowdsourcing in journalism in 2006. He was the founder and director of Spot.Us, a nonprofit that helped
pioneer crowdfunding for journalism.
In academics he has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley's journalism school, the Poynter Institute and was a fellow
the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. He has also lectured at numerous colleges
across the country.
Cohn also helped organize numerous journalism conferences, such as the Networked Journalism Summits,
co-organized with Jeff Jarvis at CUNY, which brought together the best practices of collaborative journalism
three years in a row (2007-2009). He has also helped organize the first TechRaking event with Center for
Investigative Reporting, ONA 2011 in San Francisco as well as events at Yahoo (2008), the Univ. of Missouri
He has been a contributing editor at NewsTrust.net, a founding editor of Broowaha and an advisor to many new
media projects from OffTheBus.net and Beatblogging.org to The Public Press and the Global Editors Network
the Online News Association and more. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to new media and beyond.