David LaFontaine is an author, multimedia producer, and social media strategist whose work has earned him invitations to lecture all over the world, including a recent Fulbright Specialist program to train journalists, NGOs and pro-democracy groups in Ethiopia.
His curiosity and willingness to use himself as a human lab rat help him keep up with technology trends, test the latest digital tools, and produce the Sips from the Firehose blog.
Research & Case Studies
David uses his skills as an investigative reporter and editor to do in-depth analysis of tech trends and tools.
His freelance work includes case studies on newspapers and multimedia for the Newspaper Association of America (NAA.org), the World Associaton of Newspapers (WAN), the Online Journalism Review (OJR.org), and Advanced Interactive Media (AIM Group).
Among his favorite projects, he was managing editor of the "Audience Planbook" for the NAA.
His team produced a step-by-step guide to help newspapers reinvent themselves and attract more online readers.
Speeches & Interviews
David's engaging, informal style of presenting has earned him repeated invitations to work with journalists, NGOs, pro-democracy groups and business leaders around the world.
Watch videos of David being interviewed by journalists in Ethiopia, speaking on a panel at the Los Angeles Times, or explaining the intricacies of designing for the mobile platform at BlogWorld in the speaking section.
The video gallery features a collection of video interviews, features, and other experiments that David has shot, edited, and produced during his many travels around the world, including: The Howard Stern of Russia, the Fog-Shrouded Monastaries of Ethiopia, Take a Drive through the Streets of Tiblisi, or learn about the Fake Syrian Lesbian Blogger who Wasn't. (Watch videos.)