What a long strange trip it's been...
CyberWire Dispatch, officially launched in January of 1994, rapidly gained recognition as a hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners news service concentrating on issues relevant to Cyberspace.
Brock has taken on the self-proclaimed title of "Journalist Zero" that identifies him as the first journalist to report and write articles solely for the online community; however, that doesn't mean there weren't earlier electronic journalistic efforts. Established traditional newspaper organizations, such as Knight-Ridder, had early online journalistic experiments, but these were simply exercises in "repurposing" content they had already published in newsprint.
Brock's work differed because his journalistic efforts were entirely based online, and intended for an online audience. No other journalist was doing that when Brock started his online reporting career. If you want to call "B.S." on his claim of being "Journalist Zero" he would love to hear from you because frankly, carrying around the weight of that title is taking years off his life...
Dispatch was written and produced by Brock N. Meeks as a free service for the Net community at large. Dispatch offered commentary, investigations and hard news relevant to issues of the day. Meeks brought to Dispatch his skills as a daily reporter with more than 20 years of experience on the Internet. To produce Dispatch Brock adhered to the same rigorous journalistic guidelines and ethics that brought him numerous journalism awards throughout his career.
Using his reporting and investigative skills to dig into the murky, often confusing waters awash on the Internet, Brock's Dispatch articles often brought these stories to the Net well ahead of the major daily newspapers.
Postscript...CyberWire Dispatch officially ended its successful publication run in early 2004. The publication had been on "life support" for far too long. Meeks decided to give CWD the honorable end it deserved... which really means he finally accepted the truth of the matter: that he had neither the motivation, the anger or the time to keep feeding the beast.
But damn what a run CWD had! Thanks to all who supported us over the years; thanks to all who read it, fought with it or praised it. None of its success would have been possible with this crazy, twisted thing (we all eventually) called "the Internet."
Brock is currently the Director of Communications for the Center for Democracy & Technology.
Previously, Brock served for ten years as Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC.
Brock also was Washington Bureau Chief for Wired/HotWired and the now defunct INTER@CTIVE WEEK.
Prior to that, he spent 2 years as Associate Editor for Communications Daily, a Washington, DC-based newsletter.
Prior to his move to Washington, D.C. Brock was a foreign correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle. During his time with the Chronicle Brock reported from Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's military pullout.
Brock has won numerous awards including:
ONLINE NEWS ASSOCIATION, BEST USE OF MULTIPLE MEDIA--2006 [Team award] to MSNBC.com for its Rising from Ruin project.
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, BEST JOURNALISM SITE -- 2006 [team award] to MSNBC.com for the best use of the online media to educate and inform the public, for the site's coverage of Hurricane Katrina through its Rising from Ruin project.
CARNEGIE MELON UNIVERSITY'S CYBERSECURITY JOURNALISM AWARDS--2004 The awards recognize excellence in the journalistic coverage of cybersecurity topics including computer viruses, privacy, electronic surveillance, homeland security, profiling and other related topics.
Computer Press Awards, Best Investigative New Story or Series, 1995 -- awarded to CyberWire Dispatch (Brock Meeks, reporter) stories uncovering how TIME magazine was duped into printing a falsified cover story on Internet pornography. This was the second year in a row CWD won the award, making it the only publication to date to have ever won the award in back-to-back years.
Computer Press Awards, Best Investigative News Story or Series, 1994 -- awarded to CyberWire Dispatch for its exclusive story "Keys to the Kingdom" which uncovered the fact that all Internet blocking software was flawed and had built-in political agendas and biases based on software manufacturer.
National Press Club Award, Explanatory Journalism, 1993 -- for series of stories pointing to lack of research regarding potential ill-health effects of cell phone radiation.
The Newsletter Publisher's Foundation, Best Investigative Story, 1992 --for series of stories that detailed how the precursor of today's commercial Internet, then known as NSFNet, was bulit with faulty technology with the full knowledge of government, academic and private sector officials responsible for the what was America's flagship technology.
In 1992, he wrote a daily political campaign summary of the 1992 Presidential race for CNN's Democracy in America program which was delivered via a fax on demand service. That effort won"Best Fax On Demand" product of the year. He's won several awards from the Computer Press Association for his writing on various topics.
In 1990 he won the Thomas Moore Storke Award from the World Affairs Council for "Best International Coverage" for his series of stories from the front lines of the Afghanistan war as a foreign correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle.