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Dave Mastio

Founder, Web at BlogNetNews.com
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Fellow for Best Practices: Editorial/Commentary in Cyberspace

Dave Mastio works on the Web at BlogNetNews.com, a site he founded in 2006, but his heart is in newspapers. He has been letters editor, an op-ed editor and an editorial writer for USA Today, starting there in 1995 just as USAToday.com was born. As the youngest person on the editorial board, Mastio was drafted into making recommendations, later ignored, for how to launch an online opinion section. He has also been a reporter for The Detroit News Washington bureau, an editorial writer for The Virginian-Pilot and a speechwriter for a member of the cabinet. Mastio was the founding editorial page editor of the tabloid Washington Examiner where his section was the number-one traffic driver for the online paper. In 2005, He founded InOpinion.com, a syndicate dedicated to creating op-ed content that was not columns and not cartoons. Despite landing customers with a daily circulation of more than three million, InOpinion didn't build enough revenue to stay in business. Mastio is an alumnus of the University of Iowa.

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