Because not everything you read on the Internet is reliable, you can expect that at least two of the facts in the following list are completely made-up. (If you’re looking for a more formal bio, follow this link.)
1. As a journalist turned geek, I often call myself a ‘techy translator,’ but my favorite made-up title so far is Digital Alchemist because so much of the work I do requires a kind of alchemy that combines my entrepreneurial passion, technology experience, content strategy and development, and teaching and communication skills.
2. I began my career as a reporter and editor and got hooked on the Internet in 1995. Since 1996, I’ve written, coauthore, or revised 25 books about the Internet, including Web Sites For Dummies, Social Media Design For Dummies, and Dreamweaver For Dummies (every edition). (I have callouses on my fingers to prove this one.)
3. I was bitten by a computer bug in 1994, which led to my ability to fly through virtual realms. (Okay, this one may not be from a reliable source.)
4. In 1998, I was hired by The Miami Herald as their online managing editor and a year later was promoted to Director of New Media. I left that position to run CNET’s Latin American operations where I managed content development in Spanish and Portuguese. When I left that position, I started my own business and have been a entrepreneur ever since.
5. Today, I run a full-service digital design agency that offers web and mobile design, content strategy, internet marketing, and online learning development services at DigitalFamily.com.
6. As a child, I trained my pet Siberian Snow Tiger to ski the steepest slope in the Alps. Despite reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour on the treacherous course, the Olympic Committee refused to admit him. (Sadly, this point is very, very true.)
7. I am increasingly interested in online education, and I’ve produced and taught more than 200 hours of online courses for leading online training companies: Lynda.com, creativeLIVE.com and KelbyOne.
8. In the fall of 2013, I was hired by Rosental Alves of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas to develop and teach a 5-week course on Entrepreneurial Journalism in Spanish. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was sponsored by Google Latin America and attracted more than 5,000 students.
9. My experience in online learning has helped me land contracts to create Internet-based training solutions for private companies and non-profit organizations, including Entravision Communications Corp. and the Investigative News Network.
10. Unlike my Snow Tiger, I’ve never been to Siberia, but over the years, I’ve consulted with one of Russia’s largest publishing companies in Moscow; traveled to New Delhi to speak at Internet World India; and worked with journalists and publishers in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, and Ukraine.
11. I’ve taught courses in online journalism at the University of Southern California and the University of Miami, and I’ve been a guest lecturer at more than 30 other universities in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. I also helped create an Internet Literacy program for high school students in Central America.
12. I am a member of the TV Academy’s Interactive Media Peer Group and have served as a judge in the Interactive Emmy Awards, the Knight News Challenge, the Arroba de Oro Latin American Internet Awards, and the WSA Mobile & Content awards in Abu Dhabi and Sri Lanka.
I run several web sites, including:
- JanineWarner.com: My professional profile site.
- DigitalFamily.com: You’re here now.
- Hand-Crafted-Chocolate.com and ChocolateGameRules.com: I believe a little humor can really help when it comes to learning about technology. My chocolate sites are just two of many sites I’ve created to use as examples in my web design books and training videos. I’m well known for throwing chocolate at students and if you haven’t played the chocolate game yet — I can assure you, it’s yummy!
More ‘official’ stuff about Janine Warner
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