Monday, February 14, 2005


BIO: Janine Warner -- UMass graduate

Phone: 323-935-0115

Janine Warner is a best-selling author, speaker, journalist, and Internet
consultant. She currently serves as the Multimedia Program Manager for the
Western Knight Center, a joint project of USC and UC Berkeley that
provides specialized training for professional journalists.

An award-winning former reporter, she earned a degree in Journalism and
Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Amherst , and began her
career in Northern California as a reporter and editor for the bilingual
newspaper Vision Latina and the Pulitzer-Prize winning Point Reyes Light .

From 1998 to 2000, Janine worked for The Miami Herald, first as their Online Managing Editor and later as Director of New Media, managing a team of designers, programmers, journalists, and marketing staff for The Miami Herald , El Nuevo Herald , and She also served as Director of Latin American Operations for CNET Networks, an international technology media company.

As Multimedia Program Manager for The Western Knight Center, Janine
organizes specialized training seminars that bring journalists from
throughout the United States to week-long seminars on the USC campus. In
this parttime role, she also manages the planning and development of the
Western Knight Center Web site and creates online learning projects that
feature video of speakers, presentations, and many other resources.


Since 1996, she's written 10 books about the Internet, including Creating
Family Web Sites For Dummies (Wiley, January, 2005) and the best-selling
Dreamweaver For Dummies , which has sold more than 150,000 copies and is
now in its fifth edition. Her latest books, The Digital Family Album
(Watson-Guptill), is scheduled to be published in January, 2006.

Janine is a recognized expert known for making technology fun,
interesting, and easy to understand. She's been a guest on news programs
on ABC, NBC, and ZDTV (now G4techTV), and has been interviewed on numerous
radio programs in the United States and abroad. An experienced journalist,
her credits include a regular business column in The Miami Herald called
"Beyond the Net," which covers multimedia trends and innovations.

As a consultant, Janine has served a broad range of clients from Internet
companies to bricks-and-mortar businesses. Her expertise in multimedia,
technology, and education have taken her on consulting assignments from
Miami to Mexico and speaking engagements from New York to New Delhi. She
is fluent in Spanish and travels regularly to Spain and Latin America for
consulting projects and speeches.

She has been a part-time faculty member, teaching online journalism at
both the University of Southern California Annenberg School for
Communication and at the University of Miami. She currently serves as the
Multimedia Program Manager for the Western Knight Center , a joint project
of USC and UC Berkeley that provides specialized training for professional


BIO: Sandy Close of New California Media

Executive Director, Pacific News Service

Sandy Close received a BA from the University of California-Berkeley in 1964, and then moved to Hong Kong where she worked as the China editor for the Far Eastern Economic Review. Upon her return to the U.S., she founded The Flatlands newspaper, a raw voice of the inner city communities of Oakland, Calif. In 1974, she became executive director of the Bay Area Institute/Pacific News Service, helping to develop it into one of the most diverse sources of literary voices and analytical ideas in the U.S. news media. In 1991 she founded YO! (Youth Outlook), a collaboration of writers and young people, and in 1996 she co-founded "The Beat Within," a weekly newsletter of writing and art by incarcerated youth. In 1996 she also co-founded New California Media, a nationwide association of over 600 ethnic media organizations, an awards program and an inter-ethnic media exchange and Web site. In 1995, Close received a MacArthur Foundation “genius award” for her work in communications. In 1997 a film she co-produced -- "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien" -- won the Academy Award for best short documentary.

Saturday, February 12, 2005


Book, website to spotlight media/democracy innovation

Book, website to spotlight media/democracy innovation
Spotlighting individuals making innovative use of media to foster participatory democracy and community is the goal of the Media Giraffe Project, hosted by the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and funded by private donations.
Beginning in February, the year-long research effort will seek, identify and profile individuals "sticking their necks out" using media to achieve more citizen involvement and accountability in government.
Project researchers will chronicle what's working at the local and national level via a website, "how-to" video, a book and training.
The project is being launched with the collaboration of The Giraffe Hero Project.
For more information on the project, or to nominate media "giraffes" worthy of profiling, please contact:


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