Robin Sloan & Matt Thompson close out SND STL with a special presentation

We’re thrilled to announce Matt Thompson and Robin Sloan will close out SND STL with a special presentation before the awards dinner on Saturday, October 1st. The dynamic duo are internationally known for their innovative thinking and ground-breaking work in digital journalism across many platforms. Together they created EPIC 2014, a futuristic look at culture, technology and the future, and they also blog about similar issues at the must-read, Snarkmarket. This special presentation is made possible with the sponsor support of The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

More info about the speakers and sponsor:

Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan works on media partnerships at Twitter. Before that, he was a strategist at Current, an independent TV network co-founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, and a reporter and producer at the Poynter Institute, a journalism school and think tank. Before Poynter, he graduated from Michigan State with a degree in economics. He’s also a writer who works at the intersection of storytelling and technology. You can learn more about him at, and follow along at @robinsloan.

Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is an Editorial Product Manager at NPR, where he’s helping to coordinate the development of 12 niche, local websites in conjunction with NPR member stations. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute, having completed a four-year term on the organization’s National Advisory Board in 2010.

Before coming to NPR, Matt served as an interim Online Community Manager for the Knight Foundation. From 2008 to 2009, he was a Donald W. Reynolds Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute; his explorations in building context into news websites have been widely cited in discussions about online journalism’s future. He came to RJI from his position as deputy Web editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he led the creation of the Edgie-award-winning, socially networked arts-and-entertainment website, as well as managing other technology and interactivity-related projects for

Matt moved to the Star Tribune after serving as the first online reporter/producer for the Fresno Bee, winning first- and third-place Best of the West awards in 2004 for his multimedia projects. At the Bee, he led an internal advisory committee exploring the paper’s strategies for acquiring new audiences. He worked at the Poynter Institute from 2003-04 as the Naughton Fellow for Online Reporting and Writing. While at Poynter, he and his colleague Robin Sloan produced the Flash movie EPIC 2014, a picture of the media past set 10 years in the future, which was written up in the New York Times, Financial Times, USA Today, the Guardian, on MSNBC, and elsewhere.

Matt graduated with honors in English from Harvard College in 2002, after writing his senior thesis on the television show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Outside of work, he blogs at, has completed one Twin Cities Marathon, and is itching to get ready for another.

About the Reynolds Journalism Institute:

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute works with citizens, journalists and researchers to strengthen democracy through better journalism.  RJI seeks out the most exciting new ideas, tests them with real-world experiments, uses social science research to assess their effectiveness and delivers solutions  that citizens and journalists can put to use in their own communities. Learn more about RJI and it’s projects at, on Twitter @RJI and on Facebook.


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