Twelve Things about Janine
(most of which are true)
If you’re looking for a formal biography to introduce Janine at an event or something, follow this link.
1. I’m a journalist turned geek. My favorite made-up title is Digital Alchemist because so much of the work I do requires a kind of alchemy that combines strategic thinking, entrepreneurial passion, technology experience, content strategy, and teaching and communication skills.
Specialties: online media & journalism, Internet business models, tech startups, web design and social media design
2. I’m a certified SCUBA diver (true), I’ve traveled to more than 50 countries as a speaker and consultant (I have the frequent flyer miles to prove this one), and despite being afraid of heights, I’ve jumped out of several perfectly good airplanes. (Okay, this one may not be from a reliable source.)
3. As a child, I trained my pet Siberian Snow Tiger to ski the steepest slope in the Alps. Using a GoPro camera, I recorded him reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour on the treacherous course, but the Olympic Committee refused to admit him. (Sadly, this point is very, very true.)
4. I got hooked on the Internet in 1995. Since then, I’ve written 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.)
5. Today, I offer strategic consulting services and I teach online courses for a growing online audience in Spanish and English.
6. I manage a few online projects, including:
SembraMedia.com provides online training and resources for digital journalists and entrepreneurs in Spanish.
SembraMedia.org is a regional directory of independent media in Spanish.
Hand-Crafted-Chocolate.com (formerly known as Chocolate Game Rules) – a deliciously fictitious website I created for use in my online courses at CreativeLive and KelbyOne. Over the years, I’ve created many websites to use as examples in my books and training videos, and if you haven’t played the chocolate game yet — it’s yummy!
7. I have delightfully delivered keynote speeches and training seminars at conferences on digital journalism, entrepreneurship, technology and design trends. I consult and give speeches in both English and Spanish, and work well with translators in countries where I don’t speak the language.
8. I am fascinated by the many new ways we are learning to teach in the virtual world, and I’ve produced more than 200 hours of training videos for leading online learning companies: Lynda.com, creativeLIVE.com and KelbyOne.
My experience in online learning has led to consulting projects for private companies and non-profit organizations, where I have helped to set up internal online training programs.
Drop me an email if you’re interested in my consulting services in online learning development and design.
9. 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.
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. This year, I created a more advanced course.
10. Unlike my Snow Tiger, I’ve never been to Siberia, but over the years, I have 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, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, and Ukraine.
11. 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.
12. I live in sunny, beautiful Los Angeles with my husband (when I’m not traveling).
You’ll find a formal biography for Janine Warner, here.