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Posted: August 12, 2007 10:38 PM
Speaker Biographies

Meredith Artley
Meredith Artley recently joined the Los Angeles Times as the executive editor of She is working with a growing Web team and across the company to create a deep, rich and interactive resource to Los Angeles and beyond. Previously, she was based in Paris as the editor and director for, the Web site of the International Herald Tribune. Meredith started her digital career at in 1996, where she held various editorial positions over the course of six years there, lastly serving as the site’s associate editor. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil is a senior consultant in digital publishing for Teeming Media, a New York-based media group. An award-winning journalist and editor, he was a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press and Newsweek, and international and managing editor for He writes regularly for the Jack Myers Media Business Report and Corante's Rebuilding Media, and blogs at

Emily Church
Emily Church is the U.S. editor for Consumer Services for Reuters, which chiefly involves setting programming and editorial direction for with a team of online editors. Direct-to-consumer publishing is a relatively new business for Reuters, although the company is one of the oldest and largest news agencies. In the past two years, has grown into one of the top ten financial news sites in the U.S. Projects in the works include creating a seamlessly multimedia newsroom across some 200 countries and introducing columnists on

Ian Clarke
Ian Clarke is the architect and coordinator of The Freenet Project, and the founder of Thoof, Inc. Ian is also a co-founder and former Chief Scientist of Revver, Inc. Ian is the co-founder and formerly the Chief Technology Officer of Uprizer Inc., which was successful in raising $4 million in A-round venture capital from investors including Intel Capital. In October 2003, Ian was selected as one of the top 100 innovators under the age of 35 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Technology Review magazine . Ian holds a degree in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from Edinburgh University, Scotland. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including 3Com, and Logica UK's Space Division. He is originally from County Meath, Ireland, and currently resides in Austin, Texas.

Josh Cohen
Josh Cohen is responsible for product strategy, marketing and publisher outreach for Google News globally, currently available in 19 languages and more than 40 countries. Prior to joining Google, Cohen was vice president of business development for Reuters Media, the world’s largest news agency. He led business development for Reuters Consumer Media division, and was responsible for content distribution, revenue generation and strategic investments with AOL, Google, MSN, Yahoo! and numerous media partners around the world. Previously, Cohen was director of business development for, where he led all business development and licensing activities for the site, a joint venture between Dow Jones and the Hearst Corporation. Cohen holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Columbia Business School, where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma.

Patrick Cooper
Patrick Cooper is network editor at USA TODAY, coordinating "network journalism" strategies for reader engagement and community building. Since joining the organization in 2003, Cooper has served as an editor on the online breaking news team, cofounded and written the On Deadline news blog, and developed storytelling-friendly editorial workflows, CMS design and newsroom training for the site's relaunch. Cooper is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a native of Washington, D.C.

Rob Curley
Since beginning his career in 1996 as an education reporter and online editor at a small daily newspaper in Kansas, Rob Curley has become one of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning Web developers in the world. Curley joined Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive in October 2006 as vice president, product development. He leads a team committed to the development and deployment of new tools for journalists and viewers. Working across all WPNI properties, Curley and his team guide WPNI’s industry-leading innovation in online news and technology. Before joining WPNI, Curley was director of new media and convergence for the Naples Daily News and its sister publications along Florida’s Gulf Coast. From 2002 to 2004, Curley held management positions in the interactive operations and editorial departments for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. During that time, Curley gained national attention when he became one of the first online editors in the nation chosen to lead a news organization’s entire print and broadcast news operations. In 2004, Editor & Publisher magazine named the Lawrence Journal-World as one the 10 newspapers in the United States that "do it right." Focusing on the newspaper’s innovative approaches to hyper-local media convergence, the cover story noted that "the paper’s Web innovations are far too numerous to list here." From 2000 to 2002, Curley was new media director for the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal. His contributions in that capacity were recognized in 2001 when the Newspaper Association of America named Curley the industry’s New Media Pioneer of the Year, making him the youngest person to win the award. Curley’s journalism career began in 1996 when he was a political reporter for the Topeka newspaper and education reporter and online editor for the Ottawa (Kansas) Herald.

Larry Dailey
Larry Dailey holds the Reynolds Chair of Media Technology at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno, NV. There he teaches courses in nonlinear documentary multimedia storytelling, photojournalism and game design for journalists. Previously, he taught at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, IL and the University of Missouri - Columbia. Larry worked for three years as a multimedia producer for MSNBC Interactive. He has been a picture editor for the Associated Press and United Press International in Washington. And he has worked as a newspaper photographer and photography department manager.

Anil Dash
Anil Dash is chief evangelist at Six Apart, Ltd, the world's leading independent blogging company. Dash is a recognized expert on blogs and web technology, having founded one of the earliest and most popular weblogs on The Internet, and been named as one of MSNBC's Best of Blogs. A frequent keynote speaker, Dash has given presentations around the world about the future of social communication online, the relationship between blogs and traditional media, and business blogging. Dash's work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired, MSNBC, CNN, ABC News, and on television, radio, print and blogs the world. He has also had his work showcased in museums including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and lectured at universities including UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Columbia University's School of Journalism, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to joining Six Apart as its first employee, Dash worked in online communications and technology development for the publishing and music industries. When he's not traveling, Dash lives in New York City with his favorite dog, cat, and human.

Len De Groot
Len De Groot is the graphics director at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where he has both produced and managed interactive graphics for TheEdge, the Sun-Sentinel's pioneering multimedia site. He joined the paper in 2000 after working for eight years at several newspapers in California. He also helps moderate, a community that offers brainstorming and technical instruction for news graphics professionals.

Jon Dube
Jonathan Dube is a leader, teacher and pioneer in digital news. An award-winning print and online journalist, he is the Director of Digital Programming for CBC News; Vice President of the Online News Association; the founder and publisher of; a columnist and occasional visiting faculty member for The Poynter Institute. He writes for on using the Web as a journalism tool. He has taught online storytelling and collaboration skills as a visiting instructor at The Poynter Institute; and trained professional journalists at newspaper and broadcasting companies. Dube won the first national Online Journalism Award for Breaking News for his coverage of the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. He has also won four online journalism awards and two investigative reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as the first-ever new media award from Columbia University. He was Editorial Director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's award-winning website, He was managing producer for and was a national producer for Prior to joining, he spent his career in newspapers: New York Times, New York Newsday, Danbury News-Times, and Charlotte Observer, where he helped write a weblog covering Hurricane Bonnie in 1998, the first time a news site used the format to cover breaking news. A native New Yorker, Dube has a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a master's degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Duane Dunfield
Duane Dunfield is the President and co-founder of Red Hot Learning, a learning strategy and development company that focuses on games for learning, education and public awareness. Duane’s expertise in designing and developing serious games and in implementing new media technology. A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Duane’s most recent development projects include The Redistricting Game, which was developed in partnership with the EA Game Innovation Lab at USC with funding from the Annenberg Center for Communication, and The New New Deal, which was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and produced in collaboration with the LA Times and the Game Innovation Lab.

Hiram Enriquez
Hiram Enriquez is the programming director of Yahoo! Hispanic Americas, where he oversees the editorial operations of Yahoo! sites in Spanish, including Yahoo! Telemundo, Yahoo! Mexico and Yahoo! Argentina. In this role, he has broadened the scope of Yahoo! news, information and entertainment sites to offer a greater variety of features and personalized content that is compelling and relevant to its users. Prior to his arrival at Yahoo!, Enriquez was the host and producer of "Zona Digital," a show he created for CNN en Espańol which focuses on the Internet and personal technology. In addition, Enriquez served as producer and correspondent for the news network’s business and finance shows, "Economía y Finanzas" and "En Efectivo." Enriquez’s personal achievements in the field of journalism include an interview with Bill Gates for "Zona Digital," as well as coverage of the war in Iraq, the tragedy of the space shuttle Columbia, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and NASA’s missions to Mars. A native of Cuba, Enriquez earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Havana and an M.A. in mass communication from Georgia State University. He also attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Matthew Ericson
Matthew Ericson is the deputy graphics director at The New York Times, where he helps oversee a staff of 30 journalists who produce information graphics for print and interactive pieces for Matt joined the Times in March 2003 as the national graphics editor and has produced graphics on a wide variety of topics including the war in Iraq, the 2004 and 2006 elections, and the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Before coming to the Times, he was a graphic artist and web site editor at The Philadelphia

Katherine Fong
Katharine Fong is deputy managing editor at the San Jose Mercury News. She oversees its convergence efforts, including the website, multimedia, new ventures and media partnerships. During her years at the Mercury News and its sister paper the Miami Herald, she has been responsible for features and arts and entertainment coverage, the Sunday magazine, and business and lifestyle sections. Fong was managing editor of investigative magazine Mother Jones when it was named "best in the business" by American Journalism Review in 1994. Fong is a 2005 McCormick Tribune fellow, received a TWIN award from the Silicon Valley YWCA in 2006, and has a Masters degree in classical archaeology.

Dan Froomkin
Dan Froomkin writes's White House Watch column, a pugnacious daily anthology of White House-related items from news Web sites, blogs and other sources. Dan is also deputy editor of, a Web site from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University that encourages reporters to ask more probing questions and hold the powerful accountable. Dan previously worked as a producer and editor at He joined the Web site in 1997 as senior producer for politics and was second-in-command of editorial operations from 2000 to 2003. Before that, Dan spent ten years as a daily newspaper reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal, the Miami Herald, and the Orange County Register. In 1995, he was a Michigan Journalism Fellow. In 1996, he served as Editor of New Media for Education Week.

Xaquin Gonzalez Veira
Xaquin Gonzalez Veira is the assistant art director for Newsweek, where he is responsible for the magazine's online interactive graphics. He began his career as an infographic journalist at La Voz de Galicia in 2000 and then moved on to two years later, where he was responsible for health graphics and then became the interactive graphics director. He was awarded the SND.ies' gold medal for a breaking news graphic on the March 11 bombings in Madrid -- the first SND.ies gold medal ever awarded to a breaking news graphic -- and has also won the Malofiej Awards for both individual and team work. A graduate in journalism, specializing in online media, and PhD studies by the Universidad of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, Gonzalez Veira has published research on ethics in infographics and multimedia storytelling. In 2005 and 2006 he directed the second and third editions of the Multimedia Infographics Intensive Course, sponsored by El Mundo. In 2005 he participated as Infographics Coach in the Award-winner Multimedia Documentary The Ancient Way by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, and Universidad de Los Andes in Chile.

Brian Gruber
Brian Gruber has twenty years experience successfully building and marketing media enterprises. As the senior marketing officer for a range of respected media institutions, he has managed billion dollar revenue budgets and large and small marketing teams. As the first marketing director for C-SPAN, he built its affiliate sales and marketing organization, launching C-SPAN II with the largest subscriber base ever for a cable network at launch. As director of marketing for News Corp's FOXTEL, Gruber helped build the most successful cable television brand in Australia, going from number three to number one in cable subscriptions, brand equity and consumer awareness. As the head of marketing of the largest urban divisions of 3 top-ten cable companies (MSO's), he turned flat or negative subscriber growth into substantial gains. And as president of g/media and, Gruber has helped more than twenty new media companies develop brands, marketing strategies, and consumer products. He also acted as the media advisor and new media producer for the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the nation's most prolific presenter of quality world affairs events.

Rick Hancock
Rick Hancock is an interactive multimedia journalist, educator and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience. Rick has done it all: newspaper publisher, director of communications, television news anchor, interactive web content producer, blogger/podcaster, consultant, college professor and business owner. Rick is currently the assistant dean at Quinnipiac University in the School of Communications.

Jonathan Hart
Jonathan Hart is a member of the law firm of Dow Lohnes PLLC, where he practices in the firm’s Media and Information Technologies group out of Washington, D.C. Hart specializes in the representation of media and technology companies on a broad range of commercial, transactional, operational and content matters; he has been representing businesses that gather and distribute news and information, sell advertising, market goods and services, and build community on the Internet for as long as there has been a commercial Internet. Hart has been on the faculty of the Stanford Professional Publishing Courses since 1994. He is a contributor to the International Libel & Privacy Handbook (Bloomberg 2006) and is author of Internet Law: A Field Guide (BNA Books, 5th Edition, 2007). Before entering private practice, Hart clerked for United States Circuit Judge Jerome Farris and United States District Judge Almeric Christian. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and Stanford Law School.

John C. Havens
John C. Havens is Vice President of Business Development at BlogTalkRadio. He is also Lead Organizer of PodCamp NYC, a social media "unconference" that attracted 850 participants and 100 speakers last April to NYC. He is a founding member of the Association for Downloadable Media and was the inaugural Guide to Podcasting at A former professional actor, John appeared in principal roles on and off Broadway, TV, and film for more than 15 years.

Daniel Henry
Daniel Henry has been employed by CBC since 1978. He regularly advises radio, television, and online journalists, both regional and national, in Canada. He has reviewed thousands of stories before publication, directed the defence of stories that have been legally challenged, including the defence of journalists wishing to protect their work product and confidential sources, and appeared in a number of courts and tribunals in favor of greater public access to their proceedings. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs in Canada on media law issues, as well as on CNN’s Larry King Live. He is Past President of Ad IDEM, a Canadian media lawyers’ organization, and is its webmaster ( He is a past Chair of the Media and Communications Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He has an LL.B. and B. Com. from the University of Toronto.

Adrian Holovaty
Adrian Holovaty is a journalist and web developer in Chicago. He has developed innovative, award-winning web applications for, and One of his projects,, an innovative overlay of the city’s reported crimes using Google’s online mapping technology, won the $10,000 Grand Prize in the 2005 Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. He also co-created Django, an open-source web development framework. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2001 and was named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” in 2005.

Lila King
Lila King is a senior producer for Her duties include leading the site's interactive storytelling and user participation efforts. Since coming to in 2001, King has reported and produced several multimedia stories on a wide range of topics in international news, working to integrate new technologies into storytelling presentations. King produced many of the online interactive maps and audio slideshows that distinguished CNN's Peabody Award-winning coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. King has recently launched I-Report, CNN’s highly successful citizen journalism initiative. Lila started her career at CNN as a webmaster, putting to use the technical skills she developed as a freelance radio producer who wanted to put her work online. She graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Comparative Literature and Philosophy.

J.D. Lasica
J.D. Lasica is one of the world's leading authorities on citizens' media and the revolution in user-created media. A writer, strategist, blogger and consultant, he is the co-founder and head of, president of the Social Media Group and a partner in Outhink, a company that enables social media and distributed video production.

Daniel Lyons
Daniel Lyons has been a tech reporter for 20 years, the last nine at Forbes where he writes a technology column for the print edition of Forbes magazine. Dan is also known as "Fake Steve Jobs," the writer of the popular blog, “The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs." Dan started the Steve Jobs blog as a personal side project, but has since signed a deal with Forbes to carry the blog on its web site. Dan is busy building the audience for the blog, which was the basis for his new novel, “Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs,” It comes out in October, which will be out in October.

Amber MacArthur
Amber MacArthur joined "CityNews" and CP24 as its New Media Specialist, reporting on new media and interactive news and trends. She hosts Webnation, a half-hour web news show and Homepage, a one-hour technology help program. Amber is also a technology/new media reporter for CityNews International. Most recently, Amber worked for G4techTV, a digital television channel entirely devoted to technology. There she co-hosted "Call For Help," a technology help program and "Torrent," an Internet culture show featuring web videos from around the world, as well as "Gadgets and Gizmos," where she reviewed the newest gadgets." Amber also developed "commandN," a popular video podcast that covers online and offline technology trends.

Stuart MacDonald
Stuart MacDonald is an e-business and marketing geek, probably best known as the guy who started Expedia Canada. Most recently, he was chief marketing officer for in Seattle. MacDonald is now a private investor and consultant, as well as an avid traveler. Additionally, he is the Past Chairman of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Nominating Committee, and a co-founder of mesh, Canada's "What's Next Online?" technology conferences.

Tom Mallory
Tom leads online breaking news coverage for the San Diego Union-Tribune and serves as the newsroom’s liaison to its website, SignOnSanDiego. In more than 20 years as a newsman in Southern California, he’s covered wildfires, earthquakes, campus shootings and one meth-fueled tank rampage.

Mindy McAdams
Mindy McAdams is a professor in the Department of Journalism at the University of Florida, where she teaches courses concerning online journalism. Her book "Flash Journalism: How to Create Multimedia News Packages" was published by Focal Press in 2005. She taught in Malaysia on a Fulbright Scholar grant from November 2004 to June 2005. Before moving to Florida in 1999, she was the Web strategist at the American Press Institute. In 1994, she was the first content developer at Digital Ink, The Washington Post?s first online newspaper. Previously, she was a copy editor for 11 years. She worked on the Metro desk at The Washington Post and at Time magazine in New York. Her consulting work since 1995 has taken her to Thailand, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Britain and Canada. She has an M.A. in media studies and a B.A. in print journalism. Her Web sites are, and

Marc Mercer
Marc Mercer has a PhD. in English. He worked in mental health programs and was involved in the development and teaching of crisis management and passive physical restraint techniques, including a stint with the Rutgers School of Social Work. He worked for several years as a freelance writer specializing in human services and technology. In the Eighties he became involved in an early experiment in online community for people and agencies involved in human services in New Jersey--and ended up running and developing the system. This successful experiment led him to his current job as Interactivity Manager for the ten regional Advance Internet sites. Marc says, "I guess you could say that I am making it up as I go along."

Robin Miller
Robin Miller was one of the first journalists to cover the Linux operating system, and has been a "behind the scenes" editor for the popular Slashdot "news for nerds" discussion website since 1999. He is the author of The Online Rules of Successful Companies (Financial Times Prentice Hall 2002), Point & Click Linux (Prentice Hall, 2004), Point & Click (Prentice Hall, 2006), and a co-author of Unix Unleashed, 4th Edition (Sams, 2001). His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and more than 1,200 other newspapers, magazines and online publications.

David Milliron
David Milliron is director of media services at Caspio Inc. Previously, he was senior manager of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Internet Technologies Group and leads a team responsible for the design,implementation and support of database management systems for the newspaper's editorial and online operations. Prior to his current role, he directed the newsroom's computer-assisted reporting program and developed innovative news and information products for the newspaper and its online audience. His previous employers include Gannett News Service, The Tampa Tribune and The Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press.

Bill Mitchell
Bill Mitchell, who is editor of Poynter Online, is a veteran reporter and editor who has been working online since 1992. Mitchell joined Poynter in February 1999 to lead the creation of a daily online resource for journalists around the country. He has overall responsibility both for editorial content and for revenue generated by Poynter Career Center and other advertising on the site. His Poynter work has also included sessions in ethics and leadership on Poynter's St. Petersburg, Fl. campus and newsroom training in South Africa and Poland. Before Poynter, Mitchell worked as editor of Universal New Media ('95-'99), the online arm of Universal Press Syndicate. He joined Universal after three years at the San Jose Mercury News, where served as director of electronic publishing and headed the team that launched Mercury Center, one of the first newspapers published online. Before going digital, Mitchell worked as a reporter, editor, Washington Correspondent, and European Correspondent for the Detroit Free Press & Knight Ridder, and a bureau chief for TIME. He served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2002 and 2003. Mitchell is a 1971 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a B.A. in theology. He and his wife, Carol, a psychologist and spiritual director, have three grown children and three grandchildren.

John Moore
John Moore, a veteran journalist, has been managing editor of the Ventura County Star since May 2006. He has been involved in the digital growth of the Star since 2001. Its website,, a winner of both an Edgie award and general excellence in the Online Journalism Awards, continues to innovate in content and staffing. The Star newsroom retains control of content development and creation for its website, with more than 30 newsroom journalists producing integrated digital and print content daily, as well as pushing breaking news to the site. Reporters, photographers and editors are recording their own video and audio, and editing it, for multimedia Flash projects as well as daily videos. The Star has also reorganized its newsroom to emphasize story development and story telling while streamlining production both print and digital workflows. The Star continues to develop its print edition, winning the General Excellence award for the newspaper for the last two years from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

Austin Morton
Austin Morton is a senior at Virginia Tech, where she is pursuing a double major in communications and political science with a minor in English. This past summer, Austin interned with The Pohly Company, a Boston-area customer communications company with deep roots in custom publishing. Austin worked both in the editorial department on such publications as Continental Magazine and The Advertiser and with Pohly’s marketing-based newsletter Fuel. At Virginia Tech, Austin reports and writes for a variety of print and online publications. She serves as a managing editor of the VT English department’s professional writing newsletter, Ink, and its online component, a project she pioneered with other professional writing students in the fall of 2006. Austin also volunteers with the Virginia Tech Community Literacy Corps as an assistant editor for the children’s magazine Handwriting and freelances for numerous area publications including The Collegiate Times and The Roanoke Times. Her most recent project has been working as a student journalist with, a hybrid social-networking and news/features site specifically for college students in the New River and Roanoke valleys. Through her work with, Austin has written on a variety of topics relevant to college student and covered breaking news stories on the Virginia Tech campus. She has also helped increase the visibility of the site on campus. Upon graduation in May 2008, she intends to pursue a career in journalism.

Michael Oreskes
Michael Oreskes is executive editor of the International Herald Tribune (IHT), the world’s daily newspaper, which serves a diverse audience of many nationalities and interests. He became executive editor in 2005 and oversees both the 250,000 circulation print newspaper and the rapidly growing web site,, which reaches five million users around the world. From 2004 Oreskes was deputy managing editor of the New York Times where he oversaw the Times web and television content. During this time, television programs produced by the Times won numerous awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University, the George Polk, the George Foster Peabody, Harvard’s Goldsmith, and several Emmys. Oreskes also supervised the Times’ relationship with the IHT. He had been an assistant managing editor and director of electronic news since 2000. Previous to that, he served as the Times' Washington Bureau Chief. During his four-year tenure, the bureau staff won three Pulitzer Prizes. Oreskes directed the newspaper’s coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment trial of President Clinton. Prior to Washington, Oreskes served as metropolitan editor, during which time the metro desk won two Pulitzer Prizes and a Polk Award for local reporting. From 1987 until 1991, he served as congressional correspondent and national political correspondent in the Washington bureau. Oreskes is co-author of The Genius of America (September 2007, Bloomsbury), which tells the saga of the invention of the U.S. constitution and its pivotal role in American politics. He came to the Times from the New York Daily News, where he was a general assignment reporter, an education writer, an Albany correspondent, labor editor and City Hall bureau chief. Oreskes received a bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York.

Nora Paul
Nora Paul is director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota. Nora was previously (1991-2000) at the Poynter Institute teaching news library management, computer-assisted research, and new media leadership. She was editor for information services at the Miami Herald from 1979-1991. Nora is the co-author of Behind the Message: Information Strategies for Communicators. She is a member of the board of the World Press Institute, and has traveled worldwide presenting seminars and lectures on research methods and on innovation in online news. Her work at the Institute focuses on evolving digital storytelling forms.

Marc Prensky
Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, educator, consultant and game designer in the critical areas of education and learning. He is the author of "Digital Game-Based Learning" (McGraw-Hill 2001) and "Don’t Bother Me Mom – I’m Learning" (Paragon House 2006). Marc is the founder and CEO of Games2train, whose clients include IBM, Bank of America, Pfizer, the U.S. Department of Defense and the L.A. and Florida Virtual Schools. He is the creator of the sites and Marc has created more than 50 software games for learning, including the world's first fast-action videogame-based training tools. He has spoken to teachers, administrators, school boards and departments and ministries of education throughout the United States and around the world. Marc holds a master’s degree in teaching from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. He has taught at all levels, been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS and the BBC. He was named as one of training’s top 10 "visionaries" by Training magazine and cited as a "guiding star of the new parenting movement" by Parental Intelligence Newsletter. His latest projects are games for learning financial literacy, chemistry, physics and algebra. For Marc's writings, visit For Marc’s games, go to

Sue Robinson
Sue Robinson came to UW-Madison in January 2007. She teaches In-depth Reporting, Mass Communication & Society and other classes both theoretical and practical in nature. Now she is working towards publishing her dissertation, titled "Someone’s gotta be in control here: The news narrative and journalistic authority shifts in the move from newspapers to cyberspace." In July 2007, she will participate in a conference and accompanying edited research volume, both to be called "Journalism and Citizenship: New Agendas," published by Erlbaum. Robinson is currently head of the Graduate Education Interest Group of AEJMC.

Brian MacLeod Rogers
Brian MacLeod Rogers practices media law and litigation, with an emphasis on libel, privacy, copyright, freedom of expression and Internet-related issues. He represents journalists, writers, newspapers, magazines, book publishers, producers, broadcasters and electronic media and has an extensive practice of pre-publication/broadcast review. He has appeared before all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2005 he acted as counsel for a coalition of 51 international, U.S. and Canadian media-related organizations intervening successfully in Bangoura v. Washington Post on the issue of jurisdiction and Internet publication. He was founding president of Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association and the first Canadian member of the Defense Counsel Section, Media Law Resource Center, for which he co-authors annual surveys on Canadian libel and privacy laws. He co-founded the media law course at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, which he continues to teach, and authored the Canadian chapter in the International Libel & Privacy Handbook, published by Bloomberg in 2006. He is located in the offices of Wardle Daley Bernstein, Barristers, a litigation boutique firm in Toronto.

Kevin Rooney
Kevin Rooney joined as Managing Director in January 2007 after a 15-year career in online politics and product development. For eight years he was an executive with Capitol Advantage, a Virginia company that helps nonprofit groups and media organizations connect citizens with elected officials. Earlier in his career, Kevin was the first webmaster for Roll Call, the congressional newspaper. As's Managing Director, Kevin is primarily responsible for developing new services to further the site's educational mission and forming new strategic partnerships. Current projects include a complete redesign of the, and the development of a money-in-politics database subscription service for media. Kevin is also leading development of APIs to make it easier for non-profit and media partners to maintain real-time access to the site's rich and unique database, and is exploring distributed network models for new, collaborative databases. is the site for the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Center's work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government.

Steve Rubel
Steve Rubel is a senior marketing strategist with over 15 years experience. He currently serves as senior vice president in Edelman’s me2revolution practice. Edelman is the largest independent global PR firm. Rubel is charged with helping Edelman identify, test, incubate and champion new forms of communication. He also explores this on his well-read weblog, and in a bi-weekly column for Ad Age Digital. Rubel is often sought out as a speaker and appears frequently in the press. He has been named to several prestigious lists, including Media Magazine’s Media 100, the AlwaysOn/Technorati Open Media 100 and the CNET Blog 100. Prior to joining Edelman in 2006, Rubel spent five years at CooperKatz & Company.

Laura Ruel
Laura Ruel teaches multimedia journalism in the visual communication sequence. Before coming to UNC in July of 2004, she was the inaugural executive director of the Edward W. Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media, an educational organization in the School of Communication at the University of Denver. She is coordinator of the SND.ies, the Society for News Design's Best of Multimedia Design competition. She also is a project leader for the Poynter Institute's Eyetrack III research, a study that examines online news consumer behavior in the age of multimedia. Before joining the academic world in Fall of 2000, she worked for more than 15 years in the journalism industry as a reporter, editor, designer and manager at a number of newspapers and magazines including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Omaha World-Herald and the Denver Rocky Mountain News. Laura has taught journalism at the University of Denver, Creighton University and the University of Maine, and was part of a faculty team who trained the Web staff of China's Guangzhou Daily News Group in 2001. She is a board member and a regular speaker for the Society for News Design. She is the recipient of local, state and national awards for her reporting and design work. Her research interests include examining user behavior and cognitive processes in the age of multimedia journalism. She also has studied ethical implications of new technologies in the field of journalism.

Steve Safran
Steve Safran, a national speaker, presenter and writer, brings his vision of an online news community to AR&D's Media 2.0 division. Steve is no stranger to production - he has been a web journalist since 2000, and started as a broadcast journalist in 1992. He began covering convergence media as it pertained to local newsrooms at the website in 2000. It was from this platform that Steve's writings, often witty and prescient, gained him a national and then international reputation. Steve will always say he's a "capital J journalist first." And his association with the award-winning 24-hour local news channel NECN (New England Cable News) in Boston helped cement that reputation.

Steve Schifferes
Steve Schifferes is a senior online journalist with the BBC News Web site, He has covered both the U.S. 2004 presidential election and the UK General Election, where he was issues producer for the website and also wrote a "Fact-check" daily column. He has also researched the role of audiences in political news online at Oxford University's Internet Institute, as a Reuters Fellow. He has also been editor of the business pages of the website, Washington correspondent for the BBC news website, and head of the specials team producing special graphics and in-depth reports. He was born in the US and educated at Harvard, Warwick University and London University. Steve has also been a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in economic journalism at Columbia University, and a TV producer for both the BBC and the ITV networks.

Hilary Schneider
Hilary Schneider is executive vice president of Yahoo!'s Local Markets and Commerce Division and the Yahoo! Publisher Network. When Schneider joined the company in September of 2006, she became the leader of a newly formed business unit, now called Local Markets and Commerce. Additionally, Schneider is the Yahoo! executive sponsor and leader of a significant cross-company partnership with U.S. publishing companies, including hundreds of daily newspapers. This partnership, started in November 2006, continues to grow, continually adding more newspaper partners and strategic components upon which the newspapers and Yahoo! can benefit from their shared assets, including Yahoo! HotJobs, Search and its advertising platform, local newspaper content and leading advertising sales forces, with Yahoo! focused on national advertisers and newspapers focused on local advertisers. In February of 2007, was given additional responsibility to provide leadership and strategic direction to the Yahoo! Publisher Network which helps publishers grow their businesses by syndicating Yahoo!'s advertiser network, content and social media network. Previously, Schneider was the senior vice president for Knight Ridder, where she co-managed the newspaper operations and led its digital division. During her tenure at Knight Ridder, Schneider also served as the president and CEO of Knight Ridder Digital, the online operations of Knight Ridder’s 32 websites. She has served on the boards of, Classified Ventures,, ShopLocal and the Newspaper Association of America. Prior to Knight Ridder, Schneider was the president and CEO of Red Herring Communications. She also served as the president and CEO of Times Mirror Interactive, where she managed all of Times Mirror's Internet businesses. Schneider served seven years with The Baltimore Sun Company in a number of positions across new business development and sales & marketing, which led to her role as general manager of business operations. Schneider holds a B.A. in economics from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Erik Schwartz
Erik Schwartz is co-founder and CEO of Foneshow ( Foneshow has built a telephony-based distribution platform for short form audio - primarily news/talk radio and podcast programming. The platform leverages the cellular telephone network and enables users to subscribe to access, publish, share and consume short form audio programming immediately, from virtually any cell phone. The system features the very rapid propagation of programming from the creator to the consumer. Prior to founding Foneshow, Schwartz spent 15 years in Silicon Valley at the bleeding edge of the convergence of entertainment and technology. In early 1997 he went to Yahoo!, where he created the entertainment group, managing the team that built Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! TV, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! Radio and Yahoo! Entertainment. Schwartz personally drove and managed the development of Yahoo! Games, the leading online casual games site. In the early '90s he was employee number 7 at ICTV, a pioneer in interactive television. He was the product manager for the deployment of one of the first digital video on demand systems that ran on Cox Cable's Omaha NE system. In the late '80s he was an independent developer of interactive videodiscs and CD-ROMs.

Tiffany Shackelford
Tiffany Shackelford is the assistant managing editor for outreach and Technology at Previously, she held the posts of Web development and marketing manager and administrative coordinator. Before that, Shackelford spent 18 months at the Democratic Leadership Council and Progressive Policy Institute. A 1996 graduate of East Carolina University, Shackelford studied creative writing and visual art and has done post-graduate work at Marymount University. Shackelford serves the board as the business adviser for Capitolbeat, and is the publicity chair for the Online News Association.

Joyce Smith
Joyce Smith came to Ryerson from the, where she was features editor and a member of the founding breaking news team. She directs the online journalism program, an area of specialization at Ryerson's School of Journalism which launched in Fall 2006. As well as teaching the Online Masthead course (JRN 905) and overseeing the Online Internship program (JRN 414), she continues her research into the reporting of religion including analysis of Canadian, American and South African online news sources. Smith received her doctorate in religious studies from the University of Natal, South Africa.

Meg Smith
Meg Smith is a Washington Post researcher who specializes in local coverage. In addition to using online sources to uncover family members, court cases, assets, business affiliations, employers and other records on individuals in the news, in recent years she has used social networking sites to identify potential witnesses and sources for stories and uncover the identities of anonymous bloggers. Meg graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with degrees in journalism and library science and has been at the Post since 2000.

Sree Sreenivasan
Sree Sreenivasen is a journalism educator at Columbia University, freelance technology reporter and an expert on convergence journalism - teaching journalists to work in multiple media formats such as print, TV, radio and online. Since July 2005, he has been Dean of Students at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, overseeing student affairs. He runs and teaches in the new media/web journalism program. He also teaches workshops on various topics in newsrooms and educational institutions around the US and abroad. Sreenivasen is WNBC's tech reporter, covering technology issues, gadgets and trends, and heblogs for For six years he was the "Tech Guru" on WABC. He has also guest-hosted segments of Asian America on PBS, a nationally syndicated English program about Asian American affairs. As a freelance journalist, he has written for The New York Times, Business Week, Popular Science, Time Digital, National Journal, India Today, Newsday, Bloomberg,, Sesame Street Parents, and Rolling Stone. He has been a freelance producer for the "Nightly Business Report" on PBS and a reporter and editor in India for The Sunday Observer and Business Today. Sreenivasen writes a web tips column at and a weekly Smarter Surfing tip for ShopTalk, the largest TV newsletter. He is co-founder and former president of SAJA, a group of 1,000+ South Asian journalists in New York and across the U.S. and Canada. He was the founding administrator of the Online Journalism Awards and helped co-found the Online News Association in 1998. In April 2004, Newsweek named him of the 20 most influential South Asians in America. In July 2007, India Abroad named him one of the 50 most influential Indians in America. Sreenivasen has a Master of Science degree in journalism from Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in history from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

Dale Steinke
Dale Steinke is the Interactive News and Operations Manager at and in Seattle. He has a mass communications degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He started in this profession as a print reporter in suburban Chicago, before moving to Seattle in 1993. He's been working on the Web since the late '90s, when management rewarded his expertise as the newsroom geek by giving him the keys to The (Everett) Herald's Web site, In 2000, he crossed over to the TV-Web side of the business, joining in Seattle.

Patrick Stiegman
Patrick Stiegman is vice president and executive editor/producer for Stiegman, who joined the award-winning site in April 2004,
oversees's public and premium sports content, including news, commentary, analysis and community. His role includes collaborative strategic planning and content development across ESPN Digital Media. He oversees the award-winning premium service, ESPN Insider, with additional strategic responsibilities for numerous business objectives. Prior to joining ESPN, Stiegman spent five years as vice president/editor of Journal Interactive, the award-winning Internet division of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he was responsible for editorial, business and strategic development of Journal Communication’s new media initiatives. He previously held senior management, editing and reporting roles at several Wisconsin newspapers and wire and online services, including Journal Interactive, the Milwaukee Sentinel, Badger Plus magazine, the Wisconsin State Journal and both AP and UPI. He is a 1988 Honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he was a University Scholar in the Journalism School.

Linda Strean
Linda Strean is managing editor of, a national nonprofit Web site with 32 million users in 2006. The nonpartisan GreatSchools was founded nine years ago to help parents guide their children’s education from kindergarten through high school and improve schools in their communities. Strean joined the organization two years ago after working as a reporter, editor and newsroom executive for California newspapers, from the Santa Barbara News-Press to the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle. As the Chronicle’s deputy managing editor for news, she directed the local, national and international news teams. She has been a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism, which she also attended.

Maria C. Thomas
As vice president and general manager for NPR Digital Media, Maria Thomas is responsible for the development and delivery of NPR content on new media platforms, including and mobile devices. Prior to joining NPR in late 2001, Maria spent three years at She played a key role in the launch and management of's camera and photo store, including forging its partnership with Ofoto, a company engaged in the online photo services business.
From 1992-1999, Maria worked as an investment officer with the World Bank's private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In 1995, she was awarded an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship to study the limitations to financing small- and medium-sized enterprises in Argentina. In 1997, Maria made the institution's first investment in a private company in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Her career at the IFC culminated with an appointment to the position of special assistant to the CEO. Maria began her career on Wall Street where she spent five years in corporate and project finance with Kidder, Peabody & Company, Incorporated. Thomas holds a M.B.A. degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in accounting from Boston University. She passed the CPA exam in Massachusetts. Thomas lives in Washington, D.C.

Josh Tyrangiel
Josh Tyrangiel was named editor of and assistant managing editor of Time in September 2006. As editor of, Josh oversees Time’s daily news site, which draws more than 4.5 million unique visitors a month and provides users with a blend of breaking news and fresh analysis. Josh joined Time in 1999 as a staff writer and music critic. He has written cover stories on Bono, Kanye West, the Dixie Chicks and Bruce Springsteen, as well as articles about politics, international relations, food, academia and sports. He has interviewed and profiled former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and Oscar winners Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman and George Clooney. Josh has also twice served on the panel of judges for the influential Shortlist Music Prize.

Wendy Warren
Wendy Warren is an assistant managing editor at the Philadelphia Daily News. She oversees the newspaper’s city desk, as well as its news columnists. She is responsible for the Daily News’ Rethinking Philadelphia initiative, which calls on the city to plan for its future in creative, innovative ways. Rethinking has taken on issues ranging from reviving the city’s most blighted neighborhoods to lowering Philadelphia’s high taxes. Most recently, she has run the Daily News’ multimedia project to cover the 2007 Mayor’s race, The Next Mayor ( This is a partnership with public broadcaster WHYY to focus the race on issues, rather than personalities. The Next Mayor marries traditional political coverage with deeper, issue-focused reporting – including print, audio and video reporting, and user-generated content – to be an extremely helpful resource for citizens in the election. The project is popular with readers and has been the recipient of several awards for journalistic excellence. Also at the Daily News, Wendy led award-winning projects ranging from exposure of massive corruption in the city’s parking ticket office to coverage of the state takeover of city schools. Prior to joining the Daily News in 2000, Wendy was the business editor and a business writer at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., where she was named a Times-Mirror Journalist of the Year in 1998. Wendy also spent five years working for The State in Columbia, S.C. There, she covered several business beats and state courts. Originally from Roanoke, Va., Wendy graduated from James Madison University in central Virginia. Her husband, Daniel Robinson, is an associate professor of English at Widener University; she has one daughter, Sarah Margaret.

Adnaan Wasey
Adnaan Wasey is Interactives Editor at the Online NewsHour, where his work spans journalism, education, Web programming and media production. Adnaan is a recent recipient of a Radio-Television News Directors Foundation grant to introduce podcasting into high school curricula, and founded a class in Web journalism at Friendship Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC, where students have integrated blogging tools, rich Internet applications and social media to enhance their journalism.

Amy Webb
Amy Webb Principal Consultant at Webbmedia Group, LLC. She is a strategic, digital product and business consultant to online media companies and other news organizations.  Her company adapts current and emerging technologies to solve problems in mainstream journalism. Amy has spent more than a decade working with digital media as a reporter, publisher or consultant. She began her career as a reporter/ writer with Newsweek (Tokyo Bureau)and the Asian Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong bureau) where she covered emerging technology, media and cultural trends. Throughout her journalism career, she has contributed to such publications as the New York Times, NPR, Economist, Philadelphia Inquirer and many others. In 2005, Amy founded Dragonfire, an award-winning digital news magazine.  Within the first nine months of publication, Dragonfire received nominations for Webby (Best Magazine) and Editor & Publisher’s EPpy (Best Rich Media Website) awards and won two silver W3 awards for best news site and best rich media site. Amy formed Webbmedia Group in 2007 and now works with news organizations around the world to help them take better advantage of digital technologies, to monetize content/ intellectual capital and to train newsroom staff. Her team is based in Baltimore and New York City.  She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and holds a B.A. in political economics from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Amy is also a member of the adjunct journalism faculty at Temple University and the University of Maryland. She is a featured speaker at media conferences and journalism workshops. Amy blogs at

J. Paige West
Paige West is director of interactive projects for MSNBC. She has over seven years experience working as a producer and programmer of web-based games, educational modules, and multimedia documentary sites. She helped lead the design and development of News University, an online educational site for working journalists funded by the Poynter Institute and the Knight Foundation. During her time NewsU, game-based learning was the driving principle that guided course development. Later, she worked at Second Story Interactive Studios producing interactive web sites and kiosks for museums and other cultural institutions. Currently, Paige works at where she leads a team of interactive producers who are responsible for creating new and engaging formats for online storytelling. Paige holds an M.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in Multimedia from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Blake Williams
Blake Williams is senior director of product management at Topix. Blake's tenure in the Silicon Valley includes senior positions at eBay/Paypal, AOL Time-Warner, and Apple Computer. Blake oversees product strategy and implementation of all customer-facing features, including Topix's highly successful community forums platform and a recently-launched free-classifieds system. Prior to Topix, he led the program team responsible for PayPal's flagship SMB payments platform. Blake holds an MA from Stanford University and a BA from Colorado College. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Don Wittekind
Don Wittekind is an assistant professor in the visual communication sequence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before making the move to teaching, he spent 10 years as informational graphics director at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where he led the creation of the first newspaper-based multimedia graphics department. Under his direction, the Sun-Sentinel created its first interactive project in December 1996 and continued as an industry leader throughout his tenure. Wittekind’s work has won top honors from the Newspaper Association of America, Editor & Publisher, the Online News Association and the SNDies. In addition to treaching, Wittekind continues in multimedia production as the CEO of Swarm Interactive (, a company he co-founded in 1998. Swarm specializes in medical animation and custom interactive graphics for news Web sites.

Dean Wright
As the Editor for the Media division at Reuters, Dean Wright coordinates the interactions between the Editorial and Media divisions, and is responsible for driving a multimedia ethos throughout the division. Dean heads Reuters’ consumer editorial efforts, which include the consumer websites in the U.S., U.K., Japan, China and India, as well as Sports and Lifestyle coverage. He reports to Reuters Editor-in-Chief David Schlesinger and is a member of the News Leadership Team. Based in New York, Dean also sits on Media president Chris Ahearn's management team. Dean joined Reuters in June 2005 as Managing Editor and Senior Vice President of the Consumer Services division. Before joining Reuters, he was Editor-in-Chief at His journalism career spans more than three decades and includes service at major newspapers in the United States and Canada, as well as with the Associated Press.


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8th Annual Conference and Awards Banquet, Oct. 17-19, Sheraton Centre, Toronto

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Oct. 19, 2007 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast Discussion Groups (Sponsored by AFP) 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Community/Convergence Workshop: The Cutting Edge of Online Data 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Content/Design Workshop: Finding Your Voice Online 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Business Workshop: Leading the 21st Century Newsroom 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: General Session: Membership Meeting 10:45 a.m. - Education Members Meeting, Expanding ONA's educational offerings, Dominion Ballroom 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m: Keynote: Michael Oreskes, International Herald Tribune 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Lunch on Your Own (Box lunch sponosred by 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Community/Convergence Workshop: Broadcaster Strategies for the Web 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Content/Design Workshop: Integrating Multimedia in Storytelling 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Business Workshop: Legal Panel 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Community/Convergence Workshop: Revamping Your Curriculum for Online Journalism 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Content/Design Workshop: Integrating User-Generated Content 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Business Workshop: Advertising 2.0 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Coffee Break (Sponsored by Pluck) 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Journalism Next: Impact of Aggregators, Blogging and Social Networking on the Industry 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Reception sponsored by 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Awards banquet

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