This release was posted yesterday at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Here’s the top:

Dan Gillmor, an internationally recognized author and leader in new media and citizen-based journalism, will be the founding director of the new Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University announced today.

Gillmor, director of the Center for Citizen Media, will start Jan. 1 as Knight Center director and Kauffman Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship. He will hold the faculty rank of professor of practice.

This is a hugely exciting opportunity, and I’ll be saying more about it in a subsequent posting.

Look at the MacInTouch page today and you see a long list of problems people are having with the new Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system. Yike…

We bought the “family pack” last week. I installed the OS on one Mac — a Mini that was new earlier in the fall — with no issues, because it basically had nothing that could cause trouble.

But I’m waiting at least until 10.5.1 before I do the upgrade. Apple does good work, but I never, ever buy its new hardware in the initial version, and the same principle applies to operating systems (Windows is the same; always wait for the first service pack on a new Windows version before giving it a try).

Looking forward to the update, and then trying Leopard…

My friends Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein have written an op-ed in the Chronicle, “Early admissions policies give children of the rich an edge,” noting that the practice of early admission to universities — something I confess to having had myself a long time ago — is tilted toward applicants from wealthier families. And early admissions are only part of the problem.

This, in the end, is about social and economic progress, and the op-ed makes some suggestions on how to fix things. This doesn’t involve dismantling the college admissions system, but the ideas collectively would be a significant tweak.

Also, Freada’s new book, Giving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay is getting lots of attention. Employers of all sizes should take a look.

We saw Lions for Lambs last night at its premiere in San Francisco. It’s an impressive picture that takes on some difficult issues of war and peace, personal responsibility and hypocrisy, and more. Robert Redford directed and is one of the stars.

Note, by the way, the user ratings score showing a weighted average of 5.8 points out of 10. (The median score is 7.5.) Since the movie hasn’t opened yet, this is plainly a political vote by people on the left who want to promote the film and people on the right who hope it’ll be a bomb.

In other words, don’t take the ratings in the least bit seriously. See the movie for yourself.