I help great journalism thrive in the digital age.

Eric Ulken

I believe in the power of journalism to celebrate humanity, strengthen communities, promote justice and help people lead fuller lives. I’ve spent most of my career in U.S. newsrooms, helping high-quality journalism find audiences on digital platforms. Today I work in the product organization at Gannett, the largest local news publisher in the U.S., helping to improve the authoring, curation and analytics tools used by thousands of journalists every day.

You can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

What I do

  • I help make digital news products for people who want to be informed, enlightened and empowered.
  • I apply analytical rigor, product discipline and design thinking principles to the practice of journalism.
  • I promote storytelling techniques that harness the power of the medium to connect with audiences.
  • I foster a culture of continuous change in news organizations.

Some things I enjoy

  • Crunching numbers and spotting patterns, making research-based cases for action and knowing when the answer can’t be found in data.
  • Giving journalists tools and insights to do better work and helping them listen to their audiences.
  • Contributing to the development of robust business models that enable quality journalism to thrive at any scale.

Writing

Here are a few things I’ve written over the years that may be of interest.