Poynter Names Six New Members to National Advisory Board

Dec 10, 2013, 15:57 ET from The Poynter Institute

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Poynter, a global leader in journalism education, announces the appointment of six new members to its National Advisory Board (NAB). The new NAB members, who will serve a term of three years beginning in January, bring to the Institute experiences in traditional and new forms of journalism, as well as in academia, technology and research.

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"Poynter draws on a range of important thinkers to help us stay current and effective," said President Karen B. Dunlap.  "This year's new members uphold a tradition of leaders who improve Poynter, journalism and democracy by serving on our NAB."

Those named to the Board are:

  • Jim Brady, Editor-in-Chief, Digital First Media

Brady is Editor-in-Chief of Digital First Media, which manages the Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group, and oversees the editorial strategy and operations of its 75 daily newspapers, 292 non-daily publications and 341 online sites. Before joining DFM, Brady served as General Manager of TBD, a Washington D.C.-based news operation that combined the values of traditional journalism and the power of citizen journalism.

  • Christopher Callahan, Vice Provost/Dean and Professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

Callahan is the founding Dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and Vice Provost of the Downtown Phoenix Campus. He came to ASU in August 2005 from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where he served as Associate Dean and Senior Editor of the American Journalism Review.

  • Monica Davey, Chicago Bureau Chief, The New York Times

Davey is the Chicago Bureau Chief at The New York Times and formerly a national correspondent in the Midwest bureau, based in Chicago. She began working at The Times in March 2003. Before this, Ms. Davey worked at the Chicago Tribune from 1998 to 2003; the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times from 1992 to 1998; and the Roanoke Times and World-News from 1988 to 1992.

  • Lou Ferrara, Vice President and Managing Editor, Content Verticals & Digital Products, Sports Business Entertainment, The Associated Press

Ferrara, a Vice President and Managing Editor of The Associated Press, oversees a newsroom portfolio that includes coverage of sports, entertainment and business news, plus social media, digital news products and major events such as the Olympics and the World Cup.  Since joining the AP in 2005, Lou has been innovative and instrumental in the AP's digital shift for newsgathering in the field and in the delivery of content on multiple platforms.

  • Hugh Forrest, Director, South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW)

Forrest serves as the Director of the SXSW Interactive Festival, the five-day gathering of digital creatives that occurs in Austin every March. Over the last few years, SXSW Interactive has emerged as one of the world's most influential events for the new media industry. Forrest held several jobs in the newspaper industry before surrendering to the digital revolution.

  • Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Digital Media Strategist and Startup Adviser

Roberts is an award-winning journalist, digital media strategist and startup adviser. Previously, she was SVP and General Manager of Everydayhealth.com. Prior to joining Everyday Health, she was SVP and Executive Editor of News Corporation's Beliefnet property. Roberts spent 17 years at The Washington Post, with ten of those at washingtonpost.com, where she managed various departments, eventually taking the helm of digital operation before her departure in 2009.

Poynter's NAB provides feedback to the Institute's president throughout the year. Members teach in Poynter courses, and gather each January in St. Petersburg for two days of consultation with Poynter's Trustees and staff.

Continuing on the Board are:

  • Emily Bell, Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
  • Phillip Bennett, Director DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Duke University
  • David Boardman, Dean, School of Media and Communication, Temple University
  • Monica Guzman, Columnist, The Seattle Times and GeekWire.com
  • Rob King, Senior Vice President, Editorial, Digital and Print Media, ESPN
  • Gilad Lotan, Chief Data Scientist, Betaworks
  • David Nordfors, President, International Institute of Innovation Journalism and Communication
  • Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute

Retiring from the Board are:

  • Marty Kaiser, Editor and Senior Vice President, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  • Mindy Marques Gonzalez, Executive Editor and Vice President, The Miami Herald
  • Amanda Michel, Open Editor, The Guardian
  • Mike Riley, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Shawn Williams, President, Dallas South News and Manager of Community Affairs and Media Relations, Dallas Police

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