Hi, I’m Janine Warner, and as you might have guessed, my life revolves around the internet – teaching it, designing it, and always learning from it.
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 to my profile site at JanineWarner.com …)
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, deep 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 25 books about the Internet, including Web Sites For Dummies, Mobile Web Design 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 addiction to the Internet and my ability to fly through virtual realms… (Okay, this one may not be from a reliable source.)
4. Today I spend most of my time:
Running a full-service digital design agency that offers web and mobile design, content strategy, internet marketing, and online learning development services. (Learn more in the DigitalFamily.com consulting section.)
Speaking at conferences and events about digital design trends, online journalism, content strategy, social media, and online reputation. (Visit the speaking section at JanineWarner.com.)
Writing books, creating training videos, and teaching web design, content strategy, and entrepreneurial journalism (Order books & videos in the online store.)
5. 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.)
6. I am increasingly interested in online education and I’ve developed and taught more than 100 hours of online courses for leading online training companies: Lynda.com, CreativeLIVE.com and KelbyOne.
7. I am passionate about helping independent content producer and entrepreneurial journalists. 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.
8. I’ve also consulted with companies and non-profit organizations to help them develop their own online learning websites. Among my clients: Entravision Communications Corp., and The Investigative News Network’s Community Journalism Executive Training program.
9. 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 almost every country in Latin America, including Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua El Salvador, Panama, Mexico, and Spain. (I give speeches and consult in Spanish, as well as English – and I play nicely with translators in countries where I don’t speak the language.)
10. In addition to running my own company, I’ve worked for a few big media companies, including The Miami Herald, where I began as the online managing editor in 1998, 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.
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 25 other universities in the U.S. and Latin America. 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.
Bonus point: I live and work with my husband, David LaFontaine, in Southern California.
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
- Speaking: Invite Janine to speak at your conference or special event.
Watch video highlights of one of Janine’s keynotes and learn more about her most popular speaking topics.
- Learn more about Janine’s books & videos