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    I have 18 years of experience in online community, social media and user-contributed content in both traditional and digital media companies.

    In my day job, I’m the Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

    I also run my own startup, BookBrewer, an eBook and Print on Demand service. BookBrewer serves 6,000 authors plus a growing number of newspapers and news organizations. Our professional clients include the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Denver Post and The Huffington Post.

     

    A Little More About Me …

    I earned my “web legs” at Washingtonpost.com, where I was one of their first online producers. I helped launch their first web message boards and launched its first business and technology sections.

    I later joined America Online and spent 6 years working on mostly web-based community products. I had key content & product leadership roles for AOL Groups, Hometown (personal home pages, pre-blog) and “You’ve Got Pictures,” among others.

    After AOL, I shifted gears and went hyperlocal as Senior Manager of Digital Products for The Bakersfield Californian newspaper. While working remotely out of the Boulder area, I led development for numerous social networks and citizen journalism sites that were among the first of their kind within U.S. newspapers. The Northwest Voice (first U.S. newspaper citizen journalism initiative in 2004) and Bakotopia.com (one of the first newspaper-run social networks) are the two most well-known initiatives.

    I then applied for and won a Knight News Challenge grant to create Printcasting, a service that made it possible for anyone to create a printable PDF magazine using content from Web feeds. BookBrewer and AuthorApps expanded on the democratized-publishing approach of Printcasting to include mobile.

    My work has garnered numerous awards over the years, including:

    • The National Association of Newspapers’ “20 Under 40” award in 2005.
    • An “Edgie” award for Bakotopia.com in 2006.
    • A Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism for the Bakomatic Social Media Platform in 2006, and another for Printcasting in 2009.
    • A Knight News Challenge grant for $837,000 to develop Printcasting.

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