2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Curation Is the Cure for Information Overload

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We live in a world of data overload. When it comes to keeping up with the news, people don't want more content – they want what they need to know. To stay current and up to date, people need distilled, coherent information – not unfiltered feeds.
News curation is on the rise because it advances the understanding of news and offers context with convenience. With ever increasing news sources, people crave an independent broker to select the best stories and present them in easy-to-consume news bites. By combining the wisdom of human editors and the power of technology, it's possible to deliver richer and smarter news faster than ever.
In addition, curating news coverage from across the media spectrum is in demand as people have become more aware of a bias in the media and are therefore interested in understanding the nuances in reporting from various sources.
This session will discuss how curation is the cure for information overload and how it applies to both text and video.



Jim Spencer

Pres & Founder


Jim Spencer is CEO and founder of Newsy, a pioneering mobile and online video news service founded in 2008. Newsy was acquired by The E.W. Scripps Company in 2014.  Over the past 20 years, Jim has helped lead several early stage and established digital media companies. He was VP of Content and Answers at Ask Jeeves (Ask.com) where he was responsible for all search queries and guided the company to the 15th ranked website and through a successful initial public offering. Prior to Ask Jeeves, Jim was the GM of News and Information Programming at AOL (news, sports, health, research and international) - advancing the content, business and partnership operations for one of AOL’s major business units.


Steve Rosenbaum


Steven Rosenbaum has been a lifelong curator. Today, as Chief Curators at Waywire.com, he leads a team of passionate content magnifiers who look to grow video in important and entertaining verticals. He is also an author, entrepreneur. In his groundbreaking book Curation Nation he makes a compelling case that the future of the web is curated, not created. And if history is any judge, he's been able to predict the future before.

As the CEO of the web's largest Video Curation Platform,Magnify.net - he provides a realtime curation solution that powers more than 86,000 sites. Increasingly, crated content is powering ecommerce, brands, and organizations like Patagonia, NY Magazine, Mediaite, and TEDx.

Rosenbaum was named New York City's first "Entrepreneur at Large" for Economic Development in 2011.

Rosenbaum created MTV's groundbreaking user-generated series MTV UNfiltered, a pre-web television project that handed cameras to young storytellers. Before email or the web, UNfiltered was what Time Magazine called "the Future of GenX News."

Since that time he has built a career finding, organizing, and contextualizing stories.
Rosenbaum's work in media includes filmmaking work as an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. His film “7 Days In September” gathered more than 500 hours of video around 9/11 – creating a curated journey through the eyes of 28 filmmakers and citizen storytellers.

He is a regular blogger on technology and the evolution of the internet for Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and Mashable.

Today, Rosenbaum says Curators are the new Superhero's of the Web – using their powers to fix the signal to noise problem, and making the world contextual and coherent again.

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