Who’s this Rob Curley, anyway?

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September 11, 2012 by Judy Gibbs Robinson

Rob Curley

Rob Curley

The kickoff speaker for Imagine the Future: Campus Media in a Digital Age is a guy who has made a career of prodding old-media companies to embrace technology and use it to power some innovative, high-stakes projects.

Rob Curley hasn’t always been successful, as critics like Amy Kingsley at Las Vegas City Life are quick to point out. But throughout his bold experiments in hyper-local journalism (at the Washington Post) and multi-platform news (Las Vegas Sun), he’s been unfailingly optimistic about the ability of newspapers to transform themselves into information powerhouses serving their communities.

I first heard Curley — and became a fan — in 2007, when he rocked the house with a keynote speech at the National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C., that showcased his passion and conviction that newspapers can be meaningful again.

Curley has just hired on as metro editor at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Orange County Register. I can’t wait to find out what plans he has for that paper… and what he has to say about the future of news media.

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