The Start



Howard Finberg giving the keynote address on the future of journalism and journalism education at the European Journalism Centre anniversary celebration in 2012.

This is the site of The Digital Futurist, also known as Howard Finberg’s reflections, ramblings and remembrances. I’ve been looking the future of newspapers and online media, at the future of journalism education and at technology’s impact upon journalism. My short bio: 40+ years in media and teaching and training; the longer bio is elsewhere on the site. I’m now retired so this is a passion project.

Most of my focus is in creating a digital timeline.  This is an opportunity to review a number of files from a number of careers and jobs.  It is a “bits and pieces” project that is a bit personal [ego], a bit history and a bit interesting connections as we look towards the future. It’s a little like creating my autobiography in digital bytes.

There are a number of interesting historical items.  For example:

  • A look at the future of design from a 1988 perspective. At an API seminar, editors and designers tried to look at newspaper design in the year 2000 and beyond.
  • A brief history of the e-learning project at The Poynter Institute, NewsU.
  • Remembering the Apple Newton, the forerunner to the iPhone

The other area on the site that I’m constructing holds memos and presentations. [There’s lots of work to be done with this section.]