Rich is Vice President for Content and Chief Journalist at SmartNews, an international, Tokyo-based news aggregation service. Prior to that, he was the technology columnist for Bloomberg News, and held a variety of positions at The Wall Street Journal and its parent, Dow Jones & Co. In early 1994, he was selected to help create and launch The Wall Street Journal Online (WSJ.com) and became its first Managing Editor, with responsibility for organizing and managing its news operation, a post he held until 2001.
Jaroslovsky founded and was elected the first president of the Online News Association, an organization of journalists dedicated to promoting excellence in digital journalism. He has taught courses on the Internet and online news at Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy and at the Columbia School of Journalism.
Awards include Editor & Publisher’s EPpy for outstanding individual achievement in online media; Columbia’s Hearst New Media Fellowship; the White House Correspondents Association’s Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for his coverage of the Reagan administration; and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education award for an article he wrote for Stanford Magazine.
A California native, Jaroslovsky received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University, where he later chaired the board of directors of the Stanford Alumni Association. He lives in San Francisco.