Mark Briggs is vice president at SmithGeiger and an instructor in the MJ-school's online master's program.

A 2000 graduate of the school's residential master's program, Briggs brings years of experience and an online teaching background to his teaching. He is the author of "Entrepreneurial Journalism," a book about the rise of journalism startups and how to start your own journalism business, published in 2011. He previously wrote "Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age," which was published by J-Lab and the Knight Citizen News Network in 2007 and downloaded as a PDF more than 200,000 times in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and "Journalism Next."

Briggs served as director of digital media for KING 5 television in Seattle from 2010 to 2017 and as a Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute from 2010 to 2012. Previously, he co-founded Serra Media, a Seattle-based technology company, and spent nine years running newspaper websites in Everett and Tacoma, Wash. He is also co-founder of Fork, an iPhone app for food photography.

Briggs has served as a speaker, trainer and consultant about journalism in the digital age for various projects around the United States, Europe and the Middle East.


  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Gonzaga University