Community Outreach

Public Eye Northwest’s Founder and Executive Director Matt Rosenberg is available to give presentations and lead conversations with high school and college classes; and civic, community, business and professional organizations about digital civic literacy, and building community capacity to deliver news and information. Through our Public Data Ferret project, we provide a networked platform for public service news production. We seek to connect with individuals, whether students, local residents or subject matter experts, to explore collaborative opportunities. We provide training in online document and data harvesting, use of the state public records act, and online news writing. We are also especially interested in working with individuals who are skilled in audio and video news production, and data journalism – including data visualization.

Public Appearances
Selected Writings

INTERNSHIPS – partial portfolios of Public Data Ferret interns, and community volunteers (*)


  • Andrew Hart – now Associate Producer at Ora TV, Larry King Now

  • 2011

  • Lindsay Crocker
  • Kyle Kimnow Web producer at
  • Melissa Steffansubsequently interned for Washington Post
  • Andrew Taylor

  • 2012

  • Henry Apfel
  • Zachariah Bryannow lead reporter and Web editor for Ballard News-Tribune, Seattle
  • Leif Hansen*
  • William McKee
  • Dr. Nathan Brown*
  • John Stang*

  • 2013

  • Danning Chen
  • Mike Klaczynski*
  • Peggie Duggan*


    • Conducted symposium and discussion with NGO and media executives from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and United Arab Emirates on “Transparency in Federal, State and Local Government,” in cooperation with U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and World Affairs Council-Seattle, 4/14/14
    • Speaker on data journalism and open government, at Code Across Seattle forum and hackathon sponsored by Code for Seattle + Code for America, 2/22/14
    • Led discussion with Arab journalists on open government, open data and press freedoms – in cooperation with U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and World Affairs Council-Seattle, 11/11/13
    • Panelist, “Opening Up Science,” Seattle Science Festival, 6/12/13
    • Presenter to journalism and communications faculty at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash. on data-driven reporting, data visualization and our non-profit’s journey so far, 6/5/13
    • Presenter at TechActivist conference on post-partisan principles and sources of data-driven reporting, and integration of data visualizations into news workflow, 6/1/13
    • Led discussion with Southeast Asia NGO leaders and new media innovators on open government, open data and media ecology – in cooperation with U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and World Affairs Council-Seattle, 5/17/13
    • Panelist, “Key Award Winners Tell Their Tales,” for Sunshine Week Open Government Conference, Washington Coalition for Open Government, 3/9/13
    • Led discussion with Ukraine young adult NGO leaders about online media, youth journalism training and government transparency for International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State, at World Affairs Council-Seattle, 12/7/12
    • Accepted Key Award for civic service from Washington Coalition for Open Government, Redmond, Wash., discussed voluntary government transparency online, 5/30/12
    • Presented workshop on mining the government Deep Web and using the Washington state Public Records Act for online reporting, to faculty and students at Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University, Career Day/”Meet The Pros,” Pullman, Wash., 4/5/12
    • Participant in roundtable on meeting information needs of rural communities, for Carnegie-Knight Initiative on The Future of Journalism Education, Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., 4/4/12. (The resulting WSU report, “Access,  Digital  Citizenship  and  the  Obligations of  the  Washington State Information Sector,” was published in June, 2012)
    • Panelist, Sunshine Week conference, Seattle, sponsored by Washington Coalition For Open Government – Video — “Open Government Future: Technology, Innovation, Community”,” TVW (WA’s non-profit public affairs channel), 3/10/12
    • Presenter for Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Pro Chapter, Continuing Education Series seminar, “Digging Deeper Than Google.” Seattle, 2/13/12
    • Presentation to journalists and teachers from Moldova, for U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Arranged by World Affairs Council, Seattle. 1/30/12
    • Presentation to public radio news staff, KUOW-FM, Seattle. 12/18/11
    • Training session on mining government documents and data online, for University of Washington journalism students going to cover the state legislature for professional news organizations. Seattle, 12/2/11
    • Presentation to staff at Nyhus Communications, Seattle, 7/7/11
    • Presenter, for “Blogging In The Public Interest” program, Public Relations Society of America, Puget Sound chapter. Seattle, 5/25/11
    • Led seminar for Ukraine human rights, media and business NGOs, for U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Arranged by World Affairs Council, Seattle, 5/17/11
    • Co-sponsor and questioner, “Who Do You Trust?” panel/lunch, City Club of Seattle. 4/22/11
    • Gave lecture and led discussion with American Government and Politics class, Seattle Pacific University. 4/15/11
    • Gave lecture and led discussion with Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows (visiting foreign scholars/government officials) at University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Affairs. Seattle, 4/1/11
    • Served as panelist for “Sunshine Week” public symposium at Seattle Times. Sponsored by Seattle Times & Washington Coalition For Open Government. 3/15/11


    Open Access Out of the Shadows: Now What?,” Social Capital Review

    Amplify Accountability, Technology To Boost Open Government,” blog of Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, March 12, 2012

    Making The Open Government Partnership Work,” special report for Open Knowledge Foundation, October 31, 2011.

    Transparency Is A Two-Way Street,” Sunlight Foundation blog, April 20, 2011

    Voluntary Transparency And Digital Civic Literacy Help Build Strong Communities,” Open Knowledge Foundation Blog (U.K.), April 11, 2011

    Local Government Online Transparency: A Work In Progress,” Investigate West, March 29, 2011

    Digging Deep For Nuggets Of Gold In The Quest For Open Government,” Crosscut, March 15, 2011

    Darkness Can Be A Costly Proposition,” Intersect, September 10, 2010

    Openness Can Make Citizens Collaborators With Officials,” Crosscut, March 14, 2010