Building the Stack: Five Decisions

In conversation with Matt Locke 

What are the biggest decisions people working in public media tech have to make? If there was a decision they could change, what would it be? 

In this new fortnightly webinar series from the Public Media Stack, we explore the art (and science) of making tech decisions with some of public media’s prominent voices. We’ll ask them five simple questions and unpack the issues that universally affect our industry – problems with workflow, the relationship between newsrooms and tech teams, reader engagement innovation, funding diversification – as well as the presence of and reliance on Big Tech and the efforts to create alternative ecosystems. 

All webinars will last 30 minutes and take place on Zoom at 5pm BST, noon EST, and 9am PST. They are free to attend and will be recorded.


Portrait of Paul Ford

Paul Ford

August 24th

Paul the CEO of Postlight, an award-winning design and development agency in New York. He’s a writer, product strategist, educator, programmer and software consultant and has managed digital and editorial strategies for Bloomberg, Condé Nast, Credit Suisse and VICE Media.  He’s written for the New York Times and Wired and in 2016, won the National Magazine Award. He’s advised startups and Medium, and was an advisor to the White House Office of Digital Strategy during the Obama Administration. He also teaches at the School of Visual Arts, and appears regularly on the radio, TV, and on podcasts.

Noelle Silver

September 7th

Noelle is a multi-award-winning technologist who specializes in conversational AI and Voice Development, Intelligent Apps and Agents, and Responsible AI Practices. She has lead teams at NPR, Microsoft and Amazon, and is the Founder of Women in AI and the AI Leadership Institute. She is currently Head of Instruction, Data Science, Analytics and Full Stack Web Development at HackerU, where she works with universities and leads a team of engineers to create innovative tech education programs to assist students into a career in the tech industry. 


Jarrod Dicker

Jarrod is a writer, entrepreneur and currently Vice President of Commercial at the Washington Post where he also founded RED, the Post’s research experimentation and development team, and is behind Zeus Platform, an innovative stack for advertising delivery and monetization. He was CEO of, a platform for decentralized media economy on the blockchain, and an advocate for a decentralized media industry.