Robert Hernández

Robert Hernández

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. He describes himself as a mad scientist of journalism.

Hernandez is an associate professor of professional practice at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. 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. H has served 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. This virtual gathering is perhaps the best example of his commitment to collaboration and crowdsourcing.

Hernandez is also passionate about diversity in journalism. He is a lifetime member and former board member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

As director of development for The Seattle Times, where he worked from 2002 until 2009, Hernandez helped shape and execute the vision for the website, 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.

Art Howe

Art Howe

Art Howe is a former journalist, publisher and co-founder of Verve Mobile, the world leader in location-targeted local mobile advertising. Based in New York City, Verve reaches more than 160 million users monthly through its network of more than 3,500 leading media companies.

Previously, Howe was a publisher and president of more than 50 newspapers and media sites. He was president of Village Voice Media, the nation’s leading publisher of alternative newspapers, including the Village Voice and LA Weekly – both Pulitzer Prize winners. In the 1990s, Howe was president and publisher of Montgomery Newspapers, which were regularly recognized as the best suburban newspapers in the nation. In 1998, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publisher’s Association awarded him its inaugural Ben Franklin Award for publishing excellence.

Howe began his career as a writer for a number of mid-sized and large daily newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer. His writing was recognized in a series of awards, including the 1986 Pulitzer Prize and the Scripps Howard Public Service Award. Howe graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys playing Gypsy Jazz and making furniture.

Rosalind Reid

Rosalind Reid

Rosalind Reid is executive and program director for the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, the culmination of a love affair with science writing that began when she walked into the North Carolina State University news bureau in 1984, discovered physics, and gave up political reporting. Six years later she joined the staff of American Scientist magazine, serving as editor-in-chief from 1992 to 2008 and taking a leave to become the first journalist in residence at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara.

Over her years as a magazine editor, Ros also traveled widely to present workshops on the visual communication of science. That work led to a fellowship at Harvard, where she stayed on to launch an institute devoted to computational science while serving on the board of CASW.

Under her leadership since 2013, CASW has launched the CASW Showcase website for award-winning writing and co-organized the World Conference of Science Journalists with the National Association of Science Writers, while continuing its fellowships and awards programs and the New Horizons in Science briefings, which Reid organizes for each ScienceWriters meeting.

In addition to magazine and newspaper awards, Ros’s recognitions include honorary memberships in Sigma Xi and the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology and election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. An NASW member since 1986, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s from Duke and lives in Amherst, MA.

Rick Shaughnessy

Rick Shaughnessy

Rick Shaughnessy is founder and principal of Coronado Pacific Group, Inc. a strategic marketing and communications agency serving the investment management industry. Rick began his career in print journalism where he worked as a reporter and editor covering political, financial and economic topics.

Previous positions have included:

  • American Express Asset Management, Product Specialist and Director of Marketing
  • Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, Head of Communications
  • Stolper & Co., Investment Consultant
  • Charnley & Rostvold, Inc., Senior Consultant
  • San Diego Union-Tribune, Albuquerque Journal, Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News and other publications, Financial and Political Journalist

Professional and volunteer positions have included:

  • Professional Association for Investment Communications Resources (PAICR), Board Member and Advisory Board Member
  • Association of Investment Management Sales Executives (AIMSE), Member
  • Coronado Schools Foundation, Past President and Board Member
  • Idaho Press Club, Board Member
  • Monarch School of San Diego (educating homeless youth), Classroom Volunteer
  • Big Brothers of San Diego, Volunteer Big Brother