Los Angeles

David Smydra

  • Editorial Director, Google Play Newsstand
  • Google

An ONA member since 2011, David oversees curation, audience development and content quality for Google Play Newsstand. He previously managed Newsstand’s partnerships with top news organizations. Since 2008, he has helped online news publishers by developing metatags, indexing tools and user-facing features in Google News. In 2014, David conducted a visiting fellowship at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard to explore how future news events could be expressed in structured data. This led to a role on a steering committee to promote the practices of Structured Journalism, which David has contributed to since February 2015. David has worked in digital media for more than 10 years, beginning with freelance work and internships at small publications before earning a Master’s at Stanford’s Graduate Program in Journalism. His Master’s thesis explored the tensions that arose for print magazines when they went online amid the explosion of social networking and digital communities. He worked as a local beat reporter for the Half Moon Bay Review, where his economic and breaking news reporting earned accolades from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. His freelance writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere.