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Summary of Qualifications:
An innovator and educator with extensive experience as a content creator, editor and writer in print, broadcast and on the Internet. Exceptional knowledge of Web technologies and social networking. Develop multimedia content and curriculum for world-class interactive experiences.
CONSULTANT. 2010-present. Train professionals and others to make the best use of social media and other Web 2.0 technology and software. Clients: Bermuda Department of Communications and Information. heartandsoul.com, soulofamerica.com, fierceforblackwomen.com.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – NEW MEDIA. School of Communications. Department of Media Journalism and Film. Howard University. 2008-Present.
Teach journalism and new media courses. Help develop new media curriculum for journalism department. Serve as Concentration Coordinator. Academic highlights:
INSTRUCTOR. Raritan Valley Community College. Branchburg, N.J. Spring 2008.
Teach news reporting and online newspaper design. Help students develop the fundamentals of newsgathering, news writing and publishing on the Web.
SENIOR PROGRAMMING MANAGER. AOL. New York, NY. 2006-2008.
Led team in development of world-class interactive multimedia content across news, sports and business channels at BlackVoices.com, the No. 1 Web site for African-Americans. Collaborated creatively in matrixed environment with photo editors, multimedia editors, Web designers, Web technologists, ad sales, P.R., product managers, project managers to design, develop and promote state-of-the-art features providing users with the most valuable, convenient, relevant, and enjoyable online experience.
HEARST VISITING PROFESSIONAL. John H. Johnson School of Communications, Howard University, Washington, D.C. Fall 2006.
Developed syllabus and taught inaugural undergraduate magazine editing and production course. Helped students develop creative and collaborative skills related to the broad range of editorial responsibilities, including content, planning, writing, editing, and design. Brought in guest speakers from various magazine-related industries. Advised students, prepared and scored student exams and projects. Class developed prototype for student magazine.
EDITOR IN CHIEF. Essence.com. New York, NY. 2001-2005.
Directed Web team at the premier online destination for African-American women. Joined team at critical time, helping to move editors to take advantage of the Internet. Involved in redesigning channels, developing content and migration of content to new hosting platform. Worked with editorial team to create multimedia content (polls, surveys, etc.) to complement articles in each issue. And, worked with technical team to create new features for Web site. Also, oversaw creation of special event mini-sites.
MANAGING EDITOR. Savoy and BET Weekend Magazines. Washington, D.C. 1997-2001.
As founding managing editor
of Savoy, played an integral role administering the day-to-day operation.
Oversaw staff of 15 and successfully steered the magazine’s initial marketplace
launch and subsequent spin-off from BET weekend magazine. At BET Weekend,
headed an award-winning national lifestyle, arts and entertainment magazine
that was inserted in 26 newspapers around the country. Oversaw staff of 10 and
freelancers, as well as $2 million budget. BET Weekend Circulation: 1.3 million
Previous Newspaper Experience
Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pa. COPY
The Courier-News. Bridgewater, N.J. SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR. 1992-1994
Poughkeepsie Journal. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. FEATURES REPORTER. 1990-1992
Times-Herald Record. Middletown, N.Y. BUSINESS REPORTER. 1988-1989
New York University, M.A. Journalism
City College of New York, B.A. Art; minor, English
Training and Skills
Best Practices in Distance-Learning
Bryant Park Toastmasters: Competent Communicators Certificate
Omniture SiteCatalyst Web Analytics
Project Management Basics
AOL SEO Certification, including standards, strategy and implementation, tools and assessment
Basic knowledge of HTML, Photoshop, and content management systems.
In progress: Google AdWords.
Honors, Awards and Other Distinction
2010 Fulbright-Hays U.S. Speaker and Specialist, Jamaica
2010/2009 Fellow, Dow Jones News Fund, Multimedia Training at Western Kentucky University
2010 Fellow: Knight Digital Media Center, News Entrepreneur Boot Camp, UC Berkeley
2010 Fellow: The Knight Digital Media Center, Web 2.0 Training for Journalists, UC Berkeley
2006 Howard University, Hearst Visiting Professional
2003 New Media Training Workshop, Columbia University
1999 Unity Awards in Media, Reporting of Economics, BET Weekend Magazine
1989 New York Association of Black Journalists Service Award
1982 Fairchild Fellowship in Journalism at New York University
1978 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Media: Pedagogy and Practice. (Rowman and Littlefield
Ltd.) Langmia, K; Tia, T.; O’Brien, P.; Sturgis, I.
Are Traditional Media Dead? Can Journalism Survive in the Digital World? (International Debate Education Association)
Aunties: 35 Writers
Celebrate Their Other Mother (Ballantine Books)
The Nubian Wedding Book: Words and Rituals to Celebrate and Plan an African-American Wedding (Crown Books)