Online Publishing | Greater Seattle Area, US
I've been online since the early 1990s, having discovered CompuServe before Marc Andreessen launched Mosaic at the University of Illinois in 1993. As an information junkie, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. And that was before the web!
As a communications professional who speaks tech, I've helped organizations like AT&T, About.com, Boeing and King County Elections tell their stories. I've also helped students master digital skills ranging from coding websites to writing for the web, from understanding how "social media" work (and why today's buzzword is a bit of old news) to seeing the economic disruption that digital technology carries in its wake. Always while putting the customer/user first: a user-centered design ethic for digital communication before the phrase entered the modern lexicon.
My pre-digital communication life included teaching for Dale Carnegie, event planning, public affairs (yes, including lobbying) as well as traditional PR/media relations.
Digital skills also include: social media strategy, editorial strategy, content development (text, still, audio, video), web design, mobile design.
Technical skills (HTML5, XHTML, CSS, XML) plus soft skills (project management, leadership, communication).
Award winning writer; two stints with About.com. Freelance writer.
Captivating and enthusiastic speaker.
Specialties: social media content and strategy; digital journalism (citizen and professional); digital media best practices; website design and usability; and public policy specifically the intersection of technology and politics/journalism.