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CSU alumnus defining media renaissance

June 16, 2011
by Greg Luft

Gabriel Dance ('04) is a true raconteur who knows how to ride the communication curve. With an education rich in journalism, computer science, and multimedia art, he's helping to define the media renaissance from a hip journalistic podium.

Challenging new venture

He’s art director for News at The Daily, an iPad-only news venture. It’s funded by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and developed in cooperation with Apple Computer to “redefine the news experience by combining world-class storytelling with the unique interactive capabilities of the iPad.”

That mission was enough to coax Dance away from a prestigious job as chief multimedia producer for the New York Times.

“I was ready to challenge myself,” Dance says. “I also wanted to get out in front of tablets and stay on the cutting edge of journalism and technology.”

Hot commodity in academia

After double-majoring in journalism and computer science at CSU, Dance received a graduate degree in multimedia journalism at the University of North Carolina. He then took a big step to the New York Times, where his team’s objective was to create a new, engaging presentation style for each online story.

Word of Dance’s success is making him a hot commodity in academia. At CSU, he was the journalism department’s first Beverly Kees Professional-In-Residence, with additional support from the Geoff Holmes Technology Leadership fund.

Dance, who teaches part time for Columbia University in New York City, has a rare and challenging skillset, which gives him a unique ability to approach journalism through art and technology. He finds it easy to list three of the most interesting components of his work.

“News, news, news. I’m a journalist. That’s what I do.”

Greg Luft is professor and chair for the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication.

Photos courtesy of Gabriel Dance