Program manager, Editorial Systems
Medium: Broadcast and Digital
Victor Hernandez is a News Futurist with CNN Worldwide. In this role, Hernandez is charged with shaping critical vision and strategies around emerging technologies against CNN’s journalistic endeavors.
Prior to his current role, Hernandez served as CNN’s Director of National Coverage, where he oversaw the network’s domestic news-gathering operations including the handling of strategic response to breaking news and in-depth coverage.
His work with new media, emerging technologies and convergence is among the most leading edge at CNN. Hernandez is viewed as an organization leader in the areas of new media, social networking and multimedia journalism. His leadership with the CNN All Platform Journalism initiative ensures the global news organization remains at the forefront of innovative storytelling opportunities. He has won Peabody awards for the coverage of Hurricane Katrina and BP Oil Spill.
He serves on CNN’s Diversity Council and leads enterprise technology programs, was a distinguished member of Poynter Ethics Fellows 2008-2009, and is associated with the Society of Professional Journalists, Online News Association, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Hernandez was named to SPJ’s 20 Journalists/Industry Thinkers You Should Know list, 50 People in Media You Should Subscribe to on Facebook and Poynter’s “35 Most Influential People in Social Media.”
ONA and Industry Involvement
I’ve been a member of ONA for the last three years, participating in national conferences and regional events in that time.
My work with new media, emerging technologies and convergence is among the most innovative and cutting edge at CNN. I’m viewed as an organization leader in areas of new media, social networking and multimedia journalism.
In addition to my role at CNN as “News Futurist” shaping digital journalism strategies and aligning project roadmaps with leading technology vendors, I’m a member of most major journalism professional organizations and frequently called upon to train, teach, and inspire journalists and educators.
Vision for ONA
As we acknowledge and press forward through these extraordinary times across the news media landscape – innovation is influencing, enhancing, and, in many ways, disrupting how news outlets gather and report.
The digital media revolution surrounds us. News consumption behaviors are rapidly evolving. Mobile is everywhere. Citizen journalism has helped break antiquated newsroom reporting rules of engagement and shape new ones. Social web, mobile apps and convergence applications have become industry-accepted staples of storytelling and engagement.
The current pace of development and product releases impacting newsroom workflow is bold and ambitious. Yet technology roadmaps that run through (and co-authored by) newsrooms still remain bullish and in short supply.
I believe ONA remains an influential leader in this movement of transcending traditional organizational silos, helping to bridge the gap between editorial and technology. Bringing resources, knowledge and progressive attitudes together from both journalism and technology spaces in a way that is strategically paving a smarter way forward. A shared vision and values that are critically important in my professional career and the circles of influence that surround my work and pursuits.
I’m committed to growing ideas and executions between journalism and entrepreneurism. Valuable discoveries and techniques for better synergies between those working in the business and those working on it.
I’m also particularly interested in working to support existing training programs and educational resources. Providing heavy focus on two areas of support: university students and mid-career journalists determined to grow their skills and professional possibilities.
Additional skills I would bring to the ONA Board:
- Emotional commitment to the ONA mission
- Strong communication skills
- Performance orientations (accomplish and implement tasks, plans, results)
- Of high repute and integrity in business, profession, and the community generally
- Time availability
- Leadership values and change management so desperately needed across evolving newsrooms
I share a deep affinity and adoration for the values, relatively recent legacy and — most importantly – “true north” direction exemplified by the organization and its influential members. If elected to the ONA Board, it would serve as a professional highlight as well as a meaningful opportunity to further engage in an industry so many of us deeply care about.
By Robert Hernandez, Professor, USC-Annenberg
I am honored to nominate Victor Hernandez as a candidate for the ONA Board. His background fits perfectly with ONA’s mission and goals.
As his bio states, “Victor is a News Futurist with CNN Worldwide. In this role Hernandez is charged with shaping critical vision and strategies around emerging technologies against CNN’s journalistic objectives and opportunities.” He’s been a tech innovator, preacher and trainer at CNN — and outside — for years.
I first met Victor when I attended a Poynter bootcamp for new managers, many years ago. He was there as an adjunct sharing his skills and experiences … and quite honestly he stood out. I’ve been fortunate to see his career continue to blossom, as he merges innovation/technology with broadcast TV.
Victor was key in leading CNN’s All-platform journalism project. He also does internal training for CNN known as Tech Tuesdays. He’s a speaker at many conferences and recently led the student project at the Excellence in Journalism conference.
Victor is an incredibly thoughtful, hard-working journalist that has a track record of helping and trying to improve and advance the journalism industry with technology. Without a doubt, he’d be a great additional to the ONA Board, even though he’d be the third Hernandez if elected.
Provided by applicant.