ONA 2006 Conference and Awards Banquet

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Posted: September 21, 2006
2006 conference committee volunteers

2006 conference committee volunteers

Countless volunteer hours went into planning this conference.

A tribute to volunteers (290K PowerPoint)

Among those who gave generously of their time and ideas:
Scott Anderson is the senior political producer for CNN.com and oversees the site's political coverage. Prior to joining CNN in 2005, Anderson was a news producer at washingtonpost.com and a technologist at the Online NewsHour, the Web site of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.Scott holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism and zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in communication, culture, and technology from Georgetown University. Content panel coordinator and moderator, Elections

Claudette Guzan Artwick, Ph.D., is the author of Reporting and Producing for Digital Media. She is associate professor of journalism in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. She heads the Rockbridge Report, a digital news lab in which students in broadcast, print, and mass communication courses produce a Web site and television news program. In addition to her academic teaching and research experience she has served numerous television stations in writing, reporting, research, and technical capacities. Student newsroom coordinator.

Kathy Badertscher is the Director of Editorial and Content for Blurb, a creative publishing service. She is the lead for the Blurberati Blog and responsible for all content needs from the Web site, to product copy, to marketing. Prior to Blurb, Badertscher was the Executive Managing Editor at InfoWorld.com where she managed the copy desk and online edit team. She has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area publishing industry for 17 years, 13 of them in high-tech including other IDG publications: as Editor in chief at LinuxWorld.com, Assistant Managing Editor at InfoWorld, and in the production departments of The Web and PCWorld magazines. Before embarking on her IDG career, she worked at City Sports, Mix and Electronic Musician, and Diablo magazines. Kathy received her degree in English-Creative Writing from the University of California at Davis. Commerce panel coordinator, Church/State Challenge

Dan Bigman oversees day-to-day operation of the site's 60-person newsroom in New York. Since joining Forbes.com in December 2004, he's helped lead a rapid expansion of the site including the creation of bureaus in Hong Kong, London, Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C. and Mumbai, India, as well as the growth of The Forbes.com Video Network, which produces more than 50 original pieces a week. He also helped develop Forbes Poland (Forbes.pl), the first of the site's new foreign-language editions. Bigman joined Forbes.com following six years at NYTimes.com as a producer, business editor and finally as associate editor in charge of news, where he ran the site's award-winning coverage of the war in Iraq, the 2004 elections and many other events. Prior to The Times, Bigman worked as a reporter and editor in print and online in Massachusetts. In 2006, Folio magazine named him to their annual list of the 40 people in magazine publishing who have had a significant impact on the industry. Commerce panel co-coordinator, Making money on enterprise journalism

Jody Brannon joined MSN.com in New York in September, focusing on writing a blog and serving as ombudsman for Microsoft's portal. Her online career began in April 1995, when The Washington Post's Internet service, Interchange, was in beta, later becoming managing editor of washingtonpost.com. Brannon served as executive producer at USATODAY.com from December 2001 to July 2006. Previously Brannon worked for U.S. News & World Report and The Seattle Times, her hometown paper. She is on J-Lab's board for the Knight-Batten Awards and teaches in American University's interactive master's program. A forthcoming online news compilation will include an overview of her 1999 dissertation. Conference chair; Educators' workshop panelist; technology study director.

Sophie Brendel, Reuters, publicity co-chair

Mark Cardwell is managing editor / digital media at the The Denver Post, with overall responsibility for online operations and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining the Post this past summer, he was Editorial Director, ABCNews.com and Executive Producer for the digital group at the Associated Press. He holds degrees from Boston University and Columbia University. Cardwell also has worked for Reuters, Agence France-Presse and United Press International. Commerce panel coordinator, Transforming media

Curt Chandler is the editor for online innovation at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is responsible for multimedia training, reporting and production for the paper's affiliated Web site, post-gazette.com, which is fully integrated into the paper's newsroom. Before moving to the Web in 2001, Chandler spent five years as director of photography at the Post-Gazette. During this time he edited projects that won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography, the Dart Award and the first ASNE Community Photojournalism Award.
Chandler has also worked at newspapers in Colorado, Utah and Ohio, where he was a 1992 NPPA regional photographer of the year. Storytelling hands-on workshop coordinator

Joe Chiocca, The Tone Popes, opening reception musician (guitar)

Nancy Cohn, for the past 18 years, has developed an understanding of how technology changes the way information is delivered, read and consumed. In her present position, her focus has turned to television working for Critical Mention that allows users to search, track and view real-time broadcast content online. Always in sales, her past employers include InfoDesk, United Press International, PR Newswire and The Associated Press. Publicity, sponsorships.

Jeff Cole, USC Center for the Digital Future, technoliteracy study adviser

Wendell Cochran directs the journalism programs at American University in Washington, D.C. He spent more than 25 years as a daily newspaper reporter and editor. He is the developer of the American University Campaign Finance Site and a member of the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Educators' workshop coordinator

Paul Compton, creative director for washingtonpost.com, designed the logo for the seventh annual ONA conference in Washington. . He joined the company in 1996 as a senior designer and now plays a key role in site development, from the home page to future designs, Compton mentors the design staff and takes pride in creating an environment of open communication, empowerment and inspired learning. His design experience entails 10 years on the Web, eight years in newspapers, and six years of commercial and agency experience. A native of Fort Washington, Md., Compton and his wife Rebecca reside in South Riding, Va. Logo designer.

Amy Eisman is director of writing programs at American University's School of Communication. She teaches reporting, editing and writing for convergent media, and created a course, Media @ the Millennium, which she also teaches online. Eisman was a Gannett editor for 17 years, starting with USA TODAY in 1982 and later with USA WEEKEND, where she became Executive Editor. Eisman also was a managing editor of AOL, for Digital City and the Welcome Screen. She was a Fulbright scholar in Moscow, where she lectured on new media. She consults with top media companies on Web writing and co-authored an online training program for Gannett newsrooms. Educators' workshop panelist; youth panel coordinator

Monte Enbysk, who supervised the formation of panels in the convention's Commerce track, has worked on the last four Online News Association conventions. In his day job, he is editor and content manager for the Microsoft.com midsize and enterprise business sites in Redmond, Wash. He previously was an editor and writer for MSN, managing editor for a Seattle-based business magazine, and reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Washington and Oregon. In his own time, he writes freelance magazine articles on business and sports, and is an avid runner, having completed nine marathons and 17 half marathons. Commerce track coordinator.

Steve Fox has been a journalist for 20 years, the past 10 with washingtonpost.com, where he has served as a copy editor, sports producer, political and national editor and morning news editor. Starting in summer 2006, he served as the newsroom liaison, coordinating the efforts of the print and Web newsrooms. In the past year, Steve helped to get a very successful Supreme Court blog off the ground at washingtonpost.com and helped coordinated several major cross-platform projects, including the e-Qaeda series that is up for an award this year. Steve is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland. Convergence track coordinator.

Ruxandra Giura is a freelance journalist and Web designer. She holds a master's degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Bucharest, Romania. Giura currently works as a coder at the Project of Excellence in Journalism and has previously interned with Washingtonpost.com, Reuters in Romania and the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire in Washington, D.C. She has also worked for radio and television and produced a bilingual student newspaper. Student newsroom webmaster.

Adam Glenn is an independent online consultant, with clients including NBC Universal Chairman Bob Wright, Columbia Journalism School and Rodale. He has held posts with a wide variety of news media in New York and Washington, most recently as senior producer at ABCNews.com. He has specialized in coverage of business, health, science, technology and the environment, and has taught overseas in an environmental journalism fellowship. Citizen journalism is a major interest; last year he formed I, Reporter, a citJ training business and blog, with E-Media Tidbits Editor Amy Gahran. Breakfast and flat-panel discussions moderator and coordinator

Jonathan D. Hart is a member of the law firm of Dow Lohnes PLLC, where he practices in the firm's Media and Information Technologies group out of Washington, D.C. He specializes in the representation of media and technology companies on a broad range of commercial, transactional, operational and content matters. He is on the faculty of The Stanford Professional Publishing Courses and is author of Internet Law: A Field Guide (BNA Books 2006). Jon clerked for United States Circuit Judge Jerome Farris and United States District Judge Almeric Christian. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and Stanford Law School. Commerce panel moderator and coordinator, Internet law

Chris Harvey is the online bureau director and lecturer at the University of Maryland. Chris Harvey has worked as an online editor, a magazine editor, a newspaper reporter and a journalism teacher. She left her job as managing editor at American Journalism Review in August 2000 to help build the online curriculum at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She created and now edits the college's online newsmagazine, Maryland Newsline, which is staffed by students. She also teaches an introductory online journalism course. Harvey earlier worked as an associate Metro editor at washingtonpost.com. Early in her career she held reporting and editing jobs at several newspapers.
Student newsroom mentor

Jeff Jarvis, buzzmachine.com/CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; panel composition adviser

Matt Jones is director, mobile products for USATODAY.com. He has responsibility for business development, operations, carrier relations and mobile advertising. Since joining USATODAY.com in 1998, Jones has led interactive advertising, marketing and product development and managed content partnerships and applications for web, desktop, email, RSS and mobile platforms. Previously he held advertising, marketing and business development positions at several newspaper and publishing organizations. Jones received his BA in history from Hartwick College. He is active in several industry associations including The Mobile Marketing Association, Online Publishers Association and Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association. Commerce panel coordinator and panelist, WAP

Marc Kannenberg, The Tone Popes, opening reception musician (bass)

Tom Lieb, Towson University, student newsroom mentor

Randy Lilleston is in charge of the rewrite/continuous news desk for USA TODAY. After spending 14 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, he moved into online journalism in 1995, when he was considered �dot-com savvy� because he repaired other reporters� laptop computers during road trips. He has served in a variety of news positions for America Online, CNN.com and Congressional Quarterly. Opening reception musician (harmonica), general conference help.

Liz Lufkin is a Deputy Managing Editor at USATODAY.com, supervising the Life, Tech and Travel sections. She is also responsible for the newspaper's Travel and Business Travel departments. She was formerly Deputy Managing Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she supervised the paper's daily and Sunday entertainment and feature sections. Keynote chair; super panel coordinator; ASNE coordinator.

Tom Mallory is The San Diego Union-Tribune's liaison to its website, SignOnSanDiego, and the newsroom's resident evangelist for online. He has been a newsman in Southern California for more than 20 years, covering criminal justice and public safety and overseeing investigations, special projects and the U-T's Sunday paper. His work moved all the way online last year, when he put together a new team to cover breaking news for the web. (And he is making a personal stand in not capitalizing "internet" and "web," because someone has to do it.) Content track coordinator; Convergence panel moderator, Breaking news

Brad Meacham, MSN Money, commerce panel co-coordinator, Making money on enterprise journalism. Brad Meacham is news editor at MSN Money in Seattle. He previously was the online editor at Crain�s New York Business, was a business reporter at The Seattle Times, freelanced in Central America and was a reporter at Bloomberg News in Tokyo. In his free time, he runs a blog focusing on regional politics. Commerce panel co-coordinator, Making money on enterprise journalism.

Anthony Moor is associate managing editor/online at the Orlando Sentinel, and editor of OrlandoSentinel.com, which as been nominated three times for the Online Journalism Award, including "General Excellence" in 2006. Called "one of the most energetic and creative newspaper Web editors" by APME, Moor was new media editor at the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle, where he devised the paper's convergence strategy, and won an OJA for creative use of the medium. Moor spent much of his career at San Francisco's KRON-TV, where received four Emmy nominations. Later, he was a correspondent at On24, a broadband business news pioneer. Moor was an investigative reporter in Buffalo and state capitol bureau chief in Santa Fe, N.M. He started his career in Tokyo, where he worked at the ABC News and CNN bureaus. Moor holds a bachelor's degree in astrophysics and American civilization from Williams College. Presenter, ASNE workshop; ONA board member, conference liaison

Terry Moore is a deputy editor at The Orange County Register and OCRegister.com in Santa Ana, Calif., in charge of online and features. She held managing editor and content director positions at three Web sites prior to joining The Register and has spent most of her career as a newspaper editor and reporter. Terry has been with Freedom Communications since 2001 and has been involved in corporate strategic planning and shared content efforts. She is responsible for online content development on the company's Orange County Web sites. Terry also leads The Register's features teams, working with talented journalists on all publishing platforms. Content panel coordinator, Energizing storytelling

Paul Muth is shared content manager for Tribune Interactive. With Tribune Company since 1993, Paul has worked with the company's newspaper.coms since their inception to coordinate national coverage and share stories and multimedia across the sites. Paul joined Tribune after 12 years in radio station production and management, largely in the Chicago market. Content panel coordinator, Using the Net for good

Elizabeth Osder, Yahoo!, education workshop co-coordinator and panelist

Chhayal Parikh serves as the editor of the politics.ap.org Web site and works with the multimedia team at the Associated Press. She recently graduated with her master's in Interactive Journalism and has a bachelor of architecture degree. Blog/site support

Stacey Palosky, washingtonpost.com, general conference support

Aaron Roberts is a freelance photographer; see samples of his work on his site, Aaron Roberts. Conference photography

Ju-Don Marshall Roberts is managing editor of washingtonpost.com, where she oversees the news operation. Prior to becoming managing editor, Roberts was managing editor of features and projects for the Web site. In 2003, Roberts was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. Prior to joining washingtonpost.com in 1999, Roberts worked on the Metro desk at The Washington Post newspaper. She also spent as a copy editor at the Charlotte Observer and the Washington Times. Roberts studied journalism at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated magna cum laude. She lives in Woodbridge, Va., with her husband and children, ages 9 and 3. Conference vice chair

Lee Rainey, Pew Internet & American Life Project, technoliteracy study adviser

Tom Regan, outgoing ONA executive director / Christian Science Monitor columnist, conference major domo.

Mike Reszler, St. Paul Pioneer Press Online, Convergence panel coordinator, breaking news

Christine Riedel made the leap to online journalism in 1996 after starting my career as a print reporter and editor. She was an editor at washingtonpost.com for four years, and was part of the Post's first effort at getting the news stories from print reporters around the clock and distributing it on the Web. For the past six years she has worked at AOL News, handling breaking stories and working on ever-evolving ways to increase reader engagement with content. General ONA support

For twenty years Joshua Roberts has been an internationally known photojournalist. First, as a photographer for United Press International in Miami, and then as an editor for Agence France Presse. While at AFP Joshua was the Sports Editor for North America based in Washington, DC and the Photography Editor for the UK and Ireland based in London. In the past year Joshua has returned to photography working for such clients as Reuters, Getty Images, The Los Angeles Times as well as corporate clients.

Rick Rockwell, American University, youth panel filmmaker

Ken Sands is online publisher of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. The newspaper's website received the General Excellence award for medium sites in the 2005 Online Journalism Awards, and is a finalist again in 2006. The site was named the Best Overall News Site in its category in the 2006 Digital Edge Awards, and the newspaper's entertainment site was named the Best Entertainment Site in the 2006 Digital Edge Awards. SpokesmanReview.com has been an industry pioneer in blogging and in transparency. Content panel moderator and coordinator, Automation

Tiffany Shackelford, stateline.org, publicity co-chair

Ryan Thornberg, usnews.com, technoliteracy study adviser

Jim Van Nostrand is a senior editor at McClatchy Interactive, based in Washington, D.C. He manages national news on McClatchy Web sites around the country, including MiamiHerald.com, KansasCity.com, Charlotte.com, Star-Telegram.com and McClatchyDC.com. He was part of a team that shared the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for SunHerald.com's online coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Blog webmaster; student mentor

Ashley Wells is MSNBC.com's creative director, leading the site's design, interactives and concepts teams. He has specialized in made-for-the-web news presentations that encourage viewer participation with roles ranging from producer, designer and video editor to developer, project manager and general agitator. Ashley is willing to do just about anything to experiment with new technologies for storytelling, like wearing this 360-degree video helmet cam - in public. See it and more of his team's work in action at Rising From Ruin. Before joining MSNBC, Wells worked at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. He is a Pepperdine graduate and misses Malibu's surf. Content panel moderator and coordinator, Made for the medium

Back to 2006 conference page

Seventh Annual Conference
and Awards Banquet

October 5-7, 2006
Capital Hilton
Washington, D.C.

Conference chair:
Jody Brannon, MSN.com
E-mail your questions or suggestions.

Next year: The 2007 ONA conference is scheduled for Oct. 17-19 in Toronto. The conference chair is Ju-Don Roberts, washingtonpost.com. E-mail your questions or suggestions.

Newsroom: The 2006 conference Web site was produced by the ONA student newsroom, which is supported by the Gannett Foundation and volunteers from media organizations and academia.

Volunteers: Countless volunteer hours went into planning this conference. Thanks to all who gave generously of their time and ideas.

ONA & Flickr: Did you take photos at the conference? Share them with your peers at the ONA Flickr Photo Pool. Upload your photos and see the images from last year.

Don't know the town very well? Consult our ONA visitors guide for journalists, courtesy of washingtonpost.com.

More useful links:

  • Capital Hilton
  • Directions to the hotel
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Smithsonian
  • Metro map

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