Archive — Featured Member


Featured Member: Jigsha Desai

Current Location: Knoxville, Tenn.
Current Gig: Visuals Editor at the Knoxville News Sentinel || knoxnews.com
Quick and Dirty Resume: I started as an online producer and worked my way up to visuals editor at the Knoxville News Sentinel in eight years. It’ll be my tenth year at the News Sentinel in October. My most recent job change, which occurred two years ago, has gotten me more involved in the print side of our company.
Six-word memoir: Never thought I’d end up here.
Favorite fictional character: Some of my favorite fictional characters have appeared on television: Don Draper on AMC’s “Mad Men”; Vic Mackey on FX’s “The Shield”; Bunny and Gus on HBO’s “The Wire.” I was a little embarrassed when I realized most of them are unsavory characters with warped moral compasses. However, I realized they all have something in common which speaks to me: These characters are not afraid to challenge the status quo. They are outspoken and will try things differently. Draper continually innovates in his advertising; Mackey uses tactics, some not authorized by law enforcement, to fight crime in rough neighborhoods in Los Angeles; Bunny was head of a police unit who took on a very novel fight to the war on drugs; Gus challenges the newsroom establishment in order to protect the journalism.
Favorite tech tool? Hands down, the iPhone — it’s made sharing the “moment” so much easier. There are a multitude of apps for video shooting and editing, photography, FTP, blogging and writing to various social platforms. And they’re good apps, sometimes even better than legacy software products tied to a desktop computer. One doesn’t need fancy equipment to get the job done anymore. Just take out your smartphone –- which everyone has on them –- capture your content, and immediately publish.

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Featured Member: Niala Boodhoo

Current Location : Chicago, Ill.
Current Gig: Reporter at WBEZ/Chicago Public Media
Quick and Dirty Resume: Former wire/print reporter turned multimedia; now working in public radio. I’ve worked in London, Washington, Miami and now Chicago, most of my reporting focusing on business or the economy.
Six-word memoir: Itinerant storyteller; baker; aspiring tennis superstar.
Favorite fictional character: Kermit the Frog
Favorite tech tool? Google Docs

What happens during your average day?

If there isn’t breaking news, I’m working on a feature story, so could be prepping for interviews, out in the field, back in the office logging tape or preparing to be on one our live shows.

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Featured Member: Michael Bolden

Current Location: Dividing time between Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.
Current Gig: Managing director, Bolden Strategic Partners, a communications firm. We’re working on a media start-up to provide premium and custom news packages across platforms. I’m also consulting on digital media strategies and transportation policy.
Quick and Dirty Resume: I’ve been in a journalist for 21 years, with more than half that time spent in various editing roles at The Washington Post. My most important skill has always been my adaptability.
Six word memoir: I walk the journey without fear.
Favorite fictional character: Anne Rice’s vampire Lestat. It’s that adaptability thing again.
Favorite tech tool?: Storify. It was a vital tool for telling transportation stories when the Washington Metro was melting down.

What happens during your average day?

I begin my day with my iPad in hand, checking out Twitter, reading news aggregation apps, and tweeting information I find interesting. I spend a couple of hours consulting on the phone and more time than I like responding to e-mails but we’re in the midst of completing our business plan and speaking with partners about our media venture. I also try to learn something new every day. I’m spending a lot of time on planes and trains. Gogo Wireless and my 4G aircard are becoming my best friends, but I’m also making time to get healthy. I fell into a rut where I wasn’t making time to run or to work out. That’s changed.

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Featured Member: Helen Popkin

Current Location: New York, N.Y.
Current Gig: Deputy editor Tech & Science/Social media columnist, msnbc.com
Quick and Dirty Resume: St. Petersburg Times. Then, Consumer Reports. Now, msnbc.com.
Six-word memoir: Just sitting here watching “T.J. Hooker.”
Favorite fictional character: Helen A.S. Popkin
Favorite tech tool? Mark Zuckerberg

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Featured Member: Christian Erichsen

Current Location: Bethesda, MD
Current Gig: CEO, Mobiletech
Quick and Dirty Resume: Learned to drive small boats fast in the shallow waters with the Norwegian Naval Academy. Used that skill to then navigate through the IT boom in the late 90´s in the banking industry. During this time, I also developed a passion for mobile, which led to creation of Mobiletech in 2005, where I am today –- still at full speed!
Six-word memoir: Aim high, watch for returning arrow.
Favorite fictional character: That’s easy — Carl Hamilton, or Coq Rouge from Jan Guillou´s famous spy novels.
Favorite tech tool? The Sonos music system. Really love having online streaming music from Pandora or Spotify in all rooms. Of course, I can control it with the ease of an iPhone.

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Featured Member: Mary Alice Murphy (MAM)

Current Location: Silver City, Grant County, N.M.
Current Gig: I own, edit, manage and post to grantcountybeat.com, a local online news source.
Quick and Dirty Resume: I had always enjoyed writing news releases for organizations, networking, taking photographs, as well as learning what was going on where I lived, including going to meetings. When I took a job as a reporter, everything fell into place. I got paid for being nosy!
Six Word Resume: Laid off; became entrepreneur; love it.
Favorite Fictional Character: Joanna Brady of the J.A. Jance series set in southeastern Arizona.
Favorite tech tool: My MacBook Pro. Desiring an iPad.

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Featured Member: Susan McGregor

Location: New York
Current Gig: Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism
Quick and Dirty Resume: I was the Senior Programmer of the Online News Graphics team at the Wall Street Journal for four years, where I developed the paper’s first database-driven online visualizations. In 2010, I was named as a winner in the Gerald Loeb Awards’ “Online Enterprise” category for my work on the Journal’s “What They Know” series, and I was also a finalist for the 2007 Scripps Howard award in Web Reporting. At Columbia, I focus on data journalism and visualization, collaborating closely with news organizations and computer scientists to develop real-world applications that can advance the industry and practice of journalism.
Six-word memoir:: Computers and theater, thanks Brenda Laurel.
Favorite fictional character: Curious George
Favorite tech tool? Tough one. Going to have to go with Google Fusion Tables, and/or Google Refine for now. Visualization and data are my thing.

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Featured Member: KC Wildmoon

Current Location: Georgia.
Current Gig: Curator, Storyful
Quick and Dirty Resume: Dropped out of college to be a minor rock star. Took a semi-logical step into writing music and theatre reviews. Graduated to Peabody-winning teams at CNN, and rocketed into the digital age.
Six-word memoir: From country girl to digital darling.
Favorite fictional character: Mmm, tough one. Literary, Cirocco “Rocky” Jones from John Varley’s Titan trilogy. Visual, probably Temperance Brennan, aka “Bones.”
Favorite tech tool: Another tough one. My iPad, my Canon collection, my TiVo, any one of an ever-expanding collection of apps. And lately, the iPhone has moved into the mix.

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Featured Member: Dori Maynard

Current Location: Oakland, Calif.
Current Gig: President and CEO of The Maynard Institute
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Six-word memoir: Too young to write a memoir
Quick and Dirty Resume: Was part of the Chauncey Bailey Project, co-authored Letters to My Children, a compilation of nationally syndicated columns by my late father. Worked as a reporter on both coasts — The Bakersfield Californian and The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Mass. — as well as at the Detroit Free Press, and in 1993 became the first daughter to follow a father as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University.
Favorite fictional character: Winnie-the-Pooh. He was an adventurous soul who led with his heart and wanted only happiness for his diverse group of friends.
Favorite tech tool: My iPad … and right now I’m really into Pintrest. I also like Storify, Twitter and Facebook.

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Featured Member: Catherine Traywick

Current Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Current Gig: I’m a full time Master’s student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and, as part of my program, I’m also a reporter at Oakland North, our hyperlocal news site. On the side, I’m an assistant features editor at Hyphen, and I freelance when I can.
Member Since: January 2012
Six-word memoir: Cut my teeth on feminist theory.
Favorite fictional character: The inimitable Frasier Crane.
Favorite tech tool: iPhone. It’s an all-in-one reporting machine.

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