Steve Outing is a thought leader in the online media industry and on news innovation and digital transformation, having spent the last decade and a half assisting and advising media companies on Internet strategy and being on the bleeding edge of digital-media trends. He wrote an influential and widely read column, “Stop The Presses!,” for Editor & Publisher Online, from 1995 to 2009, which covered the news industry and its evolution in the digital age.
Currently he is program director and instructor the Digital News Test Kitchen, an initiative within the University of Colorado’s ournalism & Mass Communication program.
An expert in news innovation, digital storytelling, social media, business models to support news, grassroots media and so-called “citizen journalism,” Steve founded the Enthusiast Group, an online media company deploying grassroots media and social networking to outdoor and adventure sports, in 2005. The company ceased operations in late 2007.
Previously, he was a senior editor at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a school for professional journalists and a research institution, where he wrote, blogged and conducted research on Internet-related topics. Among his Poynter projects was leading the Eyetrack III research study of online news website consumer behavior.
Over the years, Steve has written various books and research reports on Internet and media; consulted to media companies; given presentations and speeches around the world; and been interviewed and quoted by news organizations worldwide. In 2000, he was honored with an EPpy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for his service to the news industry.
Prior to 1994 and the emergence of the web, Steve worked as an editor and writer in the newspaper and magazine industry, including for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Boulder Daily Camera.
Steve is also an avid mountain biking (you might have figured that out from the photo above) and road biking enthusiast, and enthusiastic photographer. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.