About Steve Outing

Steve OutingSteve is a journalist, analyst, educator, and media futurist. A champion of innovation and change, he is an expert in most aspects of digital media, and always keeps one foot in the future.

Widely acknowledged as an online-news pioneer, Steve is a thought leader in digital news and on news innovation and media digital transformation. Since leaving the print newspaper industry two decades ago, he has assisted and advised media companies on Internet, mobile, and social strategy — from content to business models to technology.

Most recently, Steve was founder, program director, and instructor for the Digital News Test Kitchen, part of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to his digital-innovation work at CU, he co-founded a social-media startup, the Enthusiast Group, an online media company deploying grassroots media and social networking to outdoor and adventure sports. The company ceased operations in late 2007.


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He is most well known within the journalism world for writing 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.

From 2001 to 2006, Steve 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 an enthusiastic photographer, a chocoholic, and cyclist. A British-born American citizen, he and his family live in Boulder, Colorado.