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Hernandez_USC_mug_twitterAssociate Professor of Professional Practice
Robert Hernandez
email: r.hernandez [at] usc.edu
twitter: @webjournalist
213.280.5187 c | 323.761.9054 gv
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Short bio:
Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue. He is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. He has worked for seattletimes.com, SFGate.com, eXaminer.com, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of #wjchat and creator of Learn Code for Journalism with Me project. He is currently serving on the Online News Association board and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He has Glass, but is not a Glasshole. b-)

 

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Complete bio (Updated: August 25, 2014):
Robert Hernandez, one of the few true veterans of Web journalism, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue.

Hernandez is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice, aka a Web journalism professor, at USC Annenberg. He’s not an academic… he’s more of a hackademic. He describes himself as a mad scientist for journalism, and likes to “MacGyver” Web journalism solutions.

He believes in “open source,” sharing knowledge and experiences among journalists. To that end, he has taken the leading role in uniting and building a community of digital journalists and technologists, as a national board member of the Online News Association, the leading organization focused on developing digital journalism. He’s also a co-organizer of the Los Angeles chapter of Hacks/Hackers, an international network of journalists and technologists that is rethinking the future of news and information.

Many journalists know him as the co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly forum on Twitter that engages participants from around the world. Or the curator of his Tech & Tool page, a collection of tools aimed at inspiring innovation in Web journalism, recently featured in CJR’s Future of Media issue. His latest project is called Learn Code for Journalism with Me, mashing up Google+ Hangouts with Code Year lessons. These virtual gatherings are perhaps the best examples of his commitment to collaboration and crowdsourcing. Others may know him as the intrepid questioner who asked AOL’s chairman and CEO if Patch.com is “evil.”

Hernandez also is passionate about diversity in journalism. He is co-chair of programming for the UNITY conference (Las Vegas, August 2012) and is a lifetime member and former board member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

He has presented and spoken at numerous conferences and workshops across the country and internationally. Hernandez was most recently named CU’s Hearst Professional-in-Residence for Fall of 2012.

As director of development for The Seattle Times, where he worked from 2002 until 2009, he helped shape and execute the vision for the Web site and company, leading a team of engineers and designers in creating innovative tools and applications for readers as well as staff. He also worked as a Web designer and consultant for El Salvador’s largest daily newspaper site, La Prensa Gráfica, Web producer for The San Francisco Chronicle and online editor of The San Francisco Examiner.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife of more than 10 years, young son and Boston Terrier. He hopes to restore his 1960 Volvo 122 that the freeways of Los Angeles killed one extremely hot summer day.

Find out more about Hernandez at www.webjournalist.org or follow him on Twitter at @webjournalist.

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  1. Kristen Sorensen
    November 18th, 2013 at 13:58 | #1

    Robert –

    I am a grad student at American University in D.C. and am writing a piece on using Instagram photos in news stories. I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Do you have time for a quick chat in the next day or two?

    Thanks!
    Kristen

    • Robert
      November 18th, 2013 at 14:26 | #2

      Sure. Email me… the address is listed above.

  2. Lea Naqishbendi
    April 1st, 2014 at 20:10 | #3

    Hi Robert-

    I am attending to JACC convention this week and am excited to hear your address! Love your focus- am will be starting a blog soon with similar focus. I look forward to gaining some perspective from your keynote and the workshops :)

  3. Robert
    April 1st, 2014 at 20:19 | #4

    @Lea Naqishbendi
    Hi Lea, I am truly honored and excited to speak at JACC. It was my first journalism conference I ever attended. It’s a talk nearly 20 years in the making!

  4. September 1st, 2014 at 11:23 | #5

    Hi Robert,

    I’ve just sent you an email about a crazy little idea I am working on. It’s about building a bridge between the people of this world and the newsrooms of broadcasters. I really hope you are willing to read through the story and hope you get excited about it. If you could give me any form of feedback I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance!

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