email: robert[at]webjournalist.org phone: 323.761.9054 twitter: @webjournalist
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Associate Professor of Professional Practice
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism – Jul 09 to present
Full-time faculty focused on advancing the school’s digital curriculum for both the graduate and undergraduate level. As Director of Digital Curriculum, create and teach Digital Journalism courses, including Advance Multimedia Storytelling, AR Journalism, Glass Journalism, Intro to Online Media, among others.
Poynter Institute – Beginning Jan 14
Joining Poynter, one of the most influential journalism organization, as an adjunct faculty member, will participate, organize and teach at least two workshops in St. Petersburg, do some NewsU webinars and produce content for the website. The workshops include Teachapalooza, Curriculum Conference, The Power of Code and others.
Webjournalist Freelance – Jul 09 to present
From organizing national conferences to customizing training in newsrooms to writing pieces published in national publications (Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Lab, Poynter and others) to being a featured speaker. Have become an authority/expert in a variety of Digital Journalism topics, including Augmented Reality, Mobile Journalism, Real-Time Reporting and Social Media, Agile Development in the Newsroom, Diversity + Digital and Leading in a Digital Age.
Co-creator of #WJCHAT
Feb 10 to present
Created a chat about Web journalism held on Twitter using the hashtag #wjchat. Lead organizer of the weekly conversations with guests from across the Web journalism industry.
Director of Development
The Seattle Times – May 08 to Jul 09
As part of senior management, shaped and executed the vision for the site and company. Led a dedicated team of engineers and designers in research and development focusing on creating innovative tools and applications for both staff and readers. Projects managed include taxonomy, site-wide commenting, mobile edition site, MtN: World Edition and 2008 election coverage.
Senior Producer / News
The Seattle Times – Mar 07 to May 08
Managed a diverse team focused on news (local, nation, world and business) online – including daily production, breaking news and special projects. Oversaw workflow infrastructure and site development, worked closely with every department to transition to Web and taught multimedia storytelling techniques.
The Seattle Times – Nov 02 to present
Charged with focusing on the homepage, changed the newsroom’s culture by updating the site with latest staff-generated news. Special projects include: 2004 Presidential Election, Conflict in Iraq, Mount St. Helens, Columbia Disaster. Brought audio and video elements to daily content without vendor software.
La Prensa Gráfica (San Salvador, El Salvador) – Mar 02 to Aug 02
Manages the digital staff and led the re-design to improve El Salvador’s largest daily newspaper site. Special projects: The 2002 World Cup, George W. Bush visit, Crisis in Venezuela.
San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate – Nov 00 to Dec 01
Photo editor and designer for the Bay Area’s premier Web portal. Focused primarily on Chronicle-based specials and the Day in Pictures column. Special projects include: AIDS at 20.
News Watch – Aug 00 to Dec 01
Designed, developed and maintained the media watchdog’s Web site. News Watch is a non-profit organization focused on educating and diversifying the journalism industry.
Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner – Nov 99 to Nov 00
As a member of a 7-person team, helped develop and design eXaminer.com, as well as edit daily content. Special projects: Dying Young, Reflections and Bay to Breakers.
iSoar.net – 99 to present
Created Web sites for non- and for-profit events and organizations. Clients include NAHJ and World Spice.
:: AWARDS, SKILLS & MORE
Creator of award-winning student Web site: In first semester, created a class project (http:// onjefferson.uscannenberg.org) that lead to winning USC Annenberg’s first Hearst award for multimedia.
Speaker at several events: 2009 keynote speaker at California Chicano News Media Association conference; 2009 keynote speaker for High School Journalism Day at USC Annenberg; presenter at #140confla 2010; instructor for ONA’s Gannett Foundation-funded training; multimedia instructor for Instituto de las Americas; guest presenter at several conferences and training sessions, including NAHJ, AAJA, ALMA/AAJAz.
Attended Multimedia Workshops: CNN’s inaugural Digital Media Workshop workshop; Poynter’s Leadership for New Managers through a National Association of Minority Media Executives scholarship; Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism Fellowship’s bootcamp at UC Berkeley, focused on multimedia reporting and convergence; SXSWi 2009.
Lifetime and former board member of NAHJ: Served as Online Officer At-Large for three years; Co-program chair for conference; Organized New Media workshops for three conferences; ran student online project for more than 5 years; alumni of several student projects.
Diversity/student programs: Participant in a variety of projects and programs including, NAHJ’s Latino Reporter (print), ASNE Student Reporter (print) and Unity Journalists mentor program.
Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship: Recipient of California Chicano News Media Association scholarship (2000).
Other skills: Fluent in Spanish. Working with Mac/PC for more than a decade. Master HTML/CSS developer. Advanced user of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Excel and more. Experience with photographic techniques, picture editing, and audio/video production.
San Francisco State University– graduated in 2000
Los Angeles Pierce College
LatinoLink.com/Latino.com – Aug 99 to Nov 99
Yakima Herald-Republic – June 99 to July 99
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