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Recommendations

A selection of good things that other people have said about me. Because if you’re thinking about hiring me (and come on — you know you want to!), you’ll want references.

“Conover is a career newspaper man who, like so many others recently, took the buyout. He also has the creative imagination of a geek, and the restlessness of an entrepreneur.”

–NYU Professor Jay Rosen, PressThink

“…the revolutionaries do have some pretty good ideas, which Shirky doesn’t explore.  And Dan Conover at Xark! lays them out in a masterful post called ‘2020 vision: What’s next for news.’”

Martin Langeveld, Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab

Dan Conover’s bold look ahead is the best I’ve seen.”

Ross Reynolds, Flip The Media

“There are blogs and then there are blogs. Xark, for instance, is one of those blogs that routinely reveals a new path and challenges an old assumption. Its contributors have been around the block and they’re growing a little impatient when others are stuck inside the house. The latest post is exceptional in discussing a new framework for reporting: the data structure as part of what it calls an Informatics Scenario.”

Kirk LaPointe, The Media Manager

“This is some of the clearest, most interesting, best-referenced criticism of the newspaper industry’s thrash-and-FUD I’ve read.”

Cory Doctrow, Boing Boing

“…trumping them both, in a much more constructive fashion,  is an even smarter look forward by Dan Conover in the Xark blog at what may come to be, replete with an excellent laundry list of predictions…”

–Mark Potts, Recovering Journalist

“Inspired by people in Charleston, S.C., Spokesman.com is launching an effort to bring Twitter users in the Spokane area together for a common goal: sharing information.”

Spokesman Review

“On the other hand, a lot of people think the paid-content debate is pointless flailing. Xark’s Dan Conover writes a blistering critique of the industry’s search for salvation. Rather than changing the existing model, he writes, publishers are fumbling around for a solution that requires readers to fundamentally change their behavior. People aren’t going to start paying for something they’re accustomed to getting for free, so the debate is simply hastening the demise of the industry by delaying the search for useful solutions. Innovation requires examining all possible alternatives, and newspaper publishers aren’t the kind of people to do that.”

Paul Gillin, Newspaper Death Watch

“For the best overview of the intellectual framework, activities and technical infrastructure needed to make C3 work, see Dan Conover’s wonderful piece at Xark on 2020 Vision.”

Chuck Peters (publisher, the Cedar Rapids Gazette), Complete Community Connection