My name is Mathew Ingram, and I am the chief digital writer at the Columbia Journalism Review in New York. Prior to that I was a senior writer at Fortune magazine, where I wrote about the evolution of media and the social Web, and before that I was a senior writer at Gigaom.com, one of the leading technology blog networks in the United States. I write about the evolution of media and content and all that involves, including social media, Google, and the web in general.
Up until January 2010, I worked for The Globe and Mail, a daily national newspaper based in Toronto. I was the Globe’s first “communities editor,” a new position aimed at helping make it easier for readers to interact with the paper and its writers and content. I write on my personal blog about personal things, as well as things that don’t really fit in with my work assignments.
The long version:
I was born in a little town called Zweibrucken in Germany in 1962, while my father — a fighter pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force — was stationed there. We came back to Canada when I was little and lived on Air Force bases in a number of different places, including Winnipeg, Manitoba; Cold Lake, Alberta; Downsview, Toronto and Chatham, New Brunswick. I went to the University of Waterloo and got a degree in English, then went to Ryerson University in Toronto and got my journalism degree.
I worked at the Globe and Mail and the London Free Press for a summer each, and then moved to Edmonton to work for a legendary newspaperman and hellraiser named Ted Byfield at a weekly magazine called Alberta Report (which is now defunct). I moved back to Toronto in 1991 and worked at the Financial Times of Canada (now also defunct), then moved to the Globe to write about the stock market.
After several years of doing that, I moved to Calgary and wrote a column about Western Canadian business, then in 2000 I moved back to Toronto to become the online business columnist for the Globe’s relaunched website — possibly the first online-only columnist in Canadian journalism. I wrote about business and technology (and started the Globe’s first blog) and then moved into writing about new media.
In 2008, I became the paper’s first communities editor, a job that was designed to help writers and editors learn about and employ “social media” tools such as Twitter and Facebook to connect with readers. I launched the ground-breaking Policy Wiki (which unfortunately no longer exists), re-launched the Globe’s Facebook page and helped design and/or implement a number of social-media tools.
I live in Toronto with my wife Rebecca and our three beautiful daughters Caitlin, Meaghan and Zoe, and two cats.