Dan Conover is a writer and filmmaker who spent 20 years in the newspaper business, 14 of them at the daily paper in Charleston, SC. His newspaper career ended with a buyout in 2008.
Along the way he worked as a pasteup clerk, a reporter, a page designer, a political editor, a city editor (twice), an illustrator, a cartoonist, a puzzlemaker, a web director, a blogger, a metro columnist, a features writer and a web video guy. He was named South Carolina's Journalist of the Year in 2005.
Conover hand-coded his first web page on Geocities in 1994 and began studying the digital revolution's effects on traditional media companies in 2004.
He is best known in media-futurist circles for “2020 Vision: What's Next For News <http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/03/news-futures-a-whats-next-overview.html> ,” but also for the essays “My Final Newspaper Article <http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/09/my-final-newspa.html> ,” “10 Reasons Newspapers Won't Reinvent News, <http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/10/10-reasons-why.html> ” “21st Century Trust ... the Techno-Geek Way! <http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/12/21st_century_tr.html> ” and “Journalism from a Software Perspective, <http://conovermedia.blogspot.com/2006/02/journalism-from-software-perspective.html> ” plus the new-media posts “Web Coordinates 2.0 <http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/09/coordinates-20.html> ,” and “Foundations of 21st Century Journalism <http://conovermedia.blogspot.com/2008/02/foundations-of-21st-century-journalism.html> ” (written for the journalism students and faculty at the University of Mississippi).