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Javier Aldape is vice president of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and publisher of Diario La Estrella, a Spanish-language daily newspaper serving the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Previously, Aldape was managing editor at El Telégrafo in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is co-publisher of a new stylebook for Spanish-language journalists working in the United States and Puerto Rico, published by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Aldape also spearheaded the publication in 2001 of the NAHJ handbook Latinos in the U.S.: A Resource Guide for Journalists. He serves as NAHJ’s Financial Officer and is also on the boards of directors of KidsVoting USA and of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc., an umbrella organization representing the four national minority journalist associations. Aldape was cited as one of the Hispanic Media 100 and received the Knight Ridder Excellence award for his efforts in the area of diversity. He also was named one of Presstime magazine’s “20 under 40” industry leaders for 2000.

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Janice Castro is a professor in new media, photojournalism, magazine development, and media management at The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and consults to news organizations on best practices in new media, product development and interactive strategies. She serves on the board of the Online News Association, the leading professional organization for online news sites, and currently is co-managing the online news portion of the 2004 Associated Press Managing Editors National Credibility Roundtables as well as ONA’s Online Newsroom Training Initiative, funded by the Knight Foundation. A longtime Time Magazine reporter and editor, Castro headed Time’s interactive operations as managing editor for more than five years, managing partnerships with the Associated Press, Reuters, AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple. At Time Warner, she headed teams that launched online operations for Time/CNN AllPolitics.com, Time Europe, Time Asia and other magazines, and was founding Editorial Director of the Britannica.com portal. The Time site won numerous digital news, online design and photojournalism awards including honors from Editor & Publisher, the White House Press Photographers Association and the Society for News Design. Castro was a founding editor of Discover Magazine, and participated in several other Time Inc. magazine startups. She is a member of the Board of Advisers for Consumer Union’s Consumer WebWatch Project. In June, Castro will become Medill Assistant Dean and Director of its Graduate Journalism Program.

Bob Cauthorn was vice president for Digital Media at the San Francisco Chronicle until his April 2004 resignation. A reporter and editor for more than 20 years, he was responsible for the launch of one of the first newspaper Web sites in the world. He also is noted for creating the first profitable newspaper web site. Cauthorn has consulted on new media strategies around the world. He is the third recipient of the Newspaper Association of America's prestigious New Media Pioneer award. Since arriving in San Francisco last year Cauthorn has helped to more than double SFGate's traffic and driven revenues.

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Neil Chase is managing editor at CBS MarketWatch.com in San Francisco. MarketWatch's 80 journalists (soon to be 120) in nine bureaus worldwide produce breaking financial news around the clock on the Web, on television and radio, and in print. Chase spent five years as a professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where he launched the graduate and undergraduate new-media journalism programs and was the school's director of technology. He also served as executive director of the Computer Press Association and directed its annual Computer Press Awards contest. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Online News Association. Before joining the Northwestern faculty he worked as an editor at The San Francisco Examiner and The Arizona Republic and helped to launch a Russian-American newspaper that was a joint effort of Hearst and Izvestia. He has consulted for dozens of news and technology companies and written for magazines ranging from Time and Digital Chicago to Nightclub and Bar Journal.

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John S. "Jack" Driscoll has been working in the field of online community publishing for 10 years and has 43 years experience as a reporter and editor in the newspaper business. Driscoll has been Editor-in-Residence at the MIT Media Laboratory since 1995 and previously was at the Boston Globe where he served as editor for seven years. He has acted as an adviser for the Silver Stringers since the seniors group from Melrose, Mass., USA, began publishing "The Melrose Mirror" in March, 1996, and for the "Junior Journal," a publication written, edited and published by children and teenagers from around the world between the ages of 10 and 18 since November, 1998. He also has worked with numerous similar publishing groups in eight countries. Driscoll was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1995 and was 1994 national chairman of the Future of Newspapers Committee for the American Society of Newspaper Editors as well as being a member of its board of directors. He has been a contributor to several national journalism magazines and is one of the authors of the section on Massachusetts in the Encyclopedia Britannica. He is a graduate of Northeastern University, has been a visiting scholar at MIT since 1994, and holds an honorary doctor's degree in letters from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Michael Fibison has been a pioneer in interactive media for the past eight years with Knight Ridder Digital. Most recently, he led sales efforts at TwinCities.com, where his responsibilities have ranged from managing the real-time news operations to business development, marketing and sales. Prior to joining TwinCities.com, Fibison helped lead strategy for the Knight Ridder corporate offices. While there, Fibison developed strategies and implemented partnerships with AOL Digital City and Yahoo! He also helped develop Knight Ridder's extensive wireless relationships with Palm, Sprint, Cingular and AT&T Wireless and helped grow the membership of the Real Cities network to 67 websites across the country. Fibison got his start in online at the St. Paul Pioneer Press' website, the PioneerPlanet. Before moving online, he was an award-winning reporter and copy editor for several newspapers. Fibison has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Minnesota University at Mankato and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota in journalism and mass communication. He is currently completing his dissertation at the University of Minnesota.

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Dan Gillmor is a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. His insightful analysis on the Silicon Valley technology and business revolution and its global and personal impacts appears every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. He is currently on a partial leave of absence writing a book that explores participatory journalism and the intersection of technology and journalism. The working title is "Making the News" -- reflecting a central point of this project, namely that today's (and tomorrow's) communications tools are turning traditional notions of news and journalism in new directions.

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Paul Grabowicz is assistant dean, adjunct professor, director of the New Media Program at the Graduate School of Journalism and teaches classes in new media publishing, computer assisted reporting and introductory reporting. He is a contributing editor at the Online Journalism Review, writing a column about the Internet and its uses as a reporting tool. He is co-author of "California Inc.," a book about how the entrepreneurial spirit shaped the politics, culture and economy of California. He also is a contributor to the E-Media Tidbits group Weblog on online publishing. A journalist for 27 years, he spent most of his career as the investigative reporter at The Oakland Tribune. He also served as night city editor and acting city editor and developed an early prototype of a Web site for the paper. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in sociology, he began his journalism career in 1973 working for local papers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Bay Guardian. He has written for publications such as The Washington Post, Esquire magazine, The Village Voice and Newsday and is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including honors from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Inland Daily Press Association, and First Amendment Funding. In 1995 he launched J-JOBS, a journalism jobs digest distributed on the Internet. He later set up and now operates the J-JOBS online journalism job bank, the CAL-FOI First Amendment archive, an Internet resources guide for reporters, a new media ethics policies page, a set of guides on computer assisted reporting, and a multimedia resources section, all on the Web site of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He also runs an e-mail discussion list on freedom-of-information issues.

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Robert J. Hawkins is a morning news editor for SignonSanDiego.com, working with a team of eight veteran journalists. Starting as an entertainment editor, he moved to hard news to assist the staff in covering the September 11th terrorist attacks. He also manages a pair of special projects producers who maintain editorial content on specialized topics such as Eldercare, Homes, Travel and Communities. Hawkins also writes a syndicated weekly column on DVD movies for Copley News Service. In his 30-year journalism career, he has written for such papers as the weekly Narragansett (RI) Times, The Day in New London, CT, and The San Diego Tribune. Due in part to his articles guiding readers through the dawn of the Digital Era, he served as editor of ComputerLink, a weekly computer and consumer technology section of the Union-Tribune, for three years. In addition to his newspaper experience, Hawkins was the first non-publisher to become president of the Rhode Island Press Association and written extensively about arts & entertainment and the impact of technology on entertainment. Hawkins graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and urban studies.

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Jason Krebs was named vice president, sales, for NYTimes.com in January 2001 and is responsible for leading the site's sales efforts. Prior to that, he served as vice president and general manager of classifieds and was responsible for overseeing the classified businesses at both NYTimes.com and Boston.com. From 1998 to 2000, Krebs served as vice president and general manager for newyorktoday.com and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the site. Previously, Krebs served as managing director of national ad sales for The New York Times on the Web. Before joining The New York Times Electronic Media Company, he was one of the first interactive employees for The Weather Channel in New York. Krebs interactive media career began in 1995 on the product development team for Time Warner Cable's shopping applications distributed on The Full Service Network, RoadRunner and Internet properties. Krebs earned a B.S. degree in marketing from West Virginia University in 1993.

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Bruno Lopez has been vice president and general manager for Univision Online since 1999. He has overseen the development of the site into the largest Spanish-language portal in the United States with more than 7 million unique users. Univision is considered one of the most video intensive website in the U.S. and has bureaus in Los Angeles, New York, Washington and Mexico City. Lopez supervised the information architecture, design and interface usability of the first version of the site and managed the process of launching the fully redesigned version in late 2001. Before heading Univision Online, Lopez had a 20-year journalism career including serving as Univision’s Mexico City Bureau chief. Before joining Univision, he directed the Spanish Newscast for CNN as West Coast Bureau chief, was bureau chief for the Hispanic American Broadcasting Corp. in Mexico City and worked for The Arizona Republic, ABC News and United Press International. He was a Knight Fellow at Stanford in 1998-99, concentrating on business and media studies. He also studied political science and journalism at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and spent a year in the American Studies Program under a World Press Institute Fellowship at Macallester College.

Regina McCombs is a multimedia reporter (photographer/producer) for startribune.com, the online portion of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul. She arrived there after 13 years as a television photographer and field producer at KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in the Twin Cities. As a multimedia reporter, she does a little bit of lots of things - filing news stories from the field, shooting video, stills, recording audio, creating slide shows, and training staff in creating multimedia for the Web. She's also taught classes in online journalism and TV news at the University of Minnesota, where she received her master's degree.

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Bill Mitchell has been editor of Poynter Online, a resource for journalists published by The Poynter Institute, since March 1999. Before that he worked as editor of Universal New Media and director of electronic publishing at the San Jose Mercury News. Previously he spent more than 15 years at the Detroit Free Press as reporter, editor, Washington correspondent, and European correspondent. He also served as Detroit bureau chief for Time magazine. Mitchell also was a Pulitzer juror in 2002 and 2003. He has served as consultant for Microsoft MSN, Universal Press Syndicate, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Reporter, and University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Theology.

Terry Moore is the deputy editor for features and online at the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, CA. Prior to joining the team at the Register, she worked as a city editor, news editor, lifestyle editor, entertainment editor, features editor, copy editor and reporter for several newspapers in California. Paying her dues in the online world, she was the managing editor for two now-defunct Web sites. She joined the Register in 2001 and served as director of interactive content for myOC.com before the company was reintegrated into the Register newsroom. In 2002, Moore helped launch shared content efforts between the Register and other Freedom Communications newspapers in Colorado Springs, CO, and Mesa, AZ. She remains responsible for the online content and development of the company’s Orange County Web sites, OCRegister.com, myOC.com and OCExcelsior.com. Moore also leads the Register features teams, working with talented journalists in the Life, etc., Arts & Entertainment, Health & Family, Travel and Wine & Food sections on all publishing platforms.

Ismael Nafría is the author of the weekly Internet column “La Crónica” (“The Net Chronicles”) at La Vanguardia.es, published since January 1999, and the book “Sr. Director. Les millors cartes dels lectors de La Vanguardia” (Ara Llibres, Barcelona, 2004), an anthology of the best letters to the editor of La Vanguardia newspaper. Additionaly, Nafría works for the INNOVATION International Media Consulting Group as a media consultant and is a specialist commentator on the Internet for the two main radio stations in Barcelona, Catalunya Radio and Radio Barcelona. Previously, Nafría worked for Lavinia TC as content coordinator from 2001 to 2003 and for a year lived in Miami, where he was editor-in-chief of Baquia.com. Prior to that he was editor-in-chief at La Vanguardia Digital, the online edition of the leading newspaper in Barcelona, La Vanguardia. He has also been a writer for the Europa Press news agency and a writer and speaker for Radio Barcelona. In 1999 and 2002, he was chosen as one of the three Spanish journalists who had contributed most to reporting on the Internet by the Asociación de Usuarios de Internet (Spanish Association of Internet Users). The winner of a Fulbright Foundation scholarship, Nafría is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of North American Sturies (IEN) in Barcelona. He holds a degree in Journalism (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and two postgraduate diplomas, in Economics and Business Management for Professionals and Advanced Studies in Publishing. Contact: ismanafria@yahoo.com

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Mark Pincus is the founder and CEO of Tribe Networks, and a serial entrepreneur with a track record of growing venture-funded technology companies. Prior to founding Tribe Networks, Pincus founded and served as CEO of SupportSoft, Inc., provider of service and support automation software. Prior to SupportSoft, Pincus co-founded Freeloader, Inc., the first consumer push information service which was acquired in 1996, by Individual, Inc. for $38 million. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Pincus worked in venture capital where he led investments in new media and software startups at Columbia Capital Corporation and at Tele-Communications, Inc. Before getting involved in new media, Pincus worked in business consulting at Bain & Co. and investment banking at Lazard Freres & Co. Pincus graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School and he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

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Laura Ruel is executive director of the Edward W. Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media, an educational organization dedicated to examining the discoveries and dramatic changes new media have spawned in journalism. The center is part of the School of Communication at the University of Denver. She also is an instructor in the department of Mass Communications and Journalism Studies at DU, and is the coordinator for the SND.ies: The Best of New Media Design Competition for the Society for News Design. Before coming to DU in October 2000, she worked for more than 15 years in the journalism as a reporter, editor, designer and manager at a number of newspapers and magazines including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Omaha World-Herald and the Denver Rocky Mountain News. Laura has taught journalism at Creighton University and the University of Maine. She received an M.A. in 1993 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a B.A. in sociology from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

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Michelle J. Rutkowski is the marketing director at Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. In her current role, Rutkowski is responsible for annual marketing plans and budgets and for marketing all of the organization’s non-print products, including www.ConsumerReports.org, New Car Price Service, Used Car Price Service, and the newly launched New Car Buying Kit. She has developed and maintains ConsumerReports.org’s opt-in e-mail marketing program and e-mail renewal program. She has developed and maintains the Consumer Reports Webstore – offering Consumer Reports’ non-Web products online. While at Consumer Reports she has been extensively involved in new product development and has tested and launched three new information products and test marketed a fourth – using focus groups, one-on-one interviews and quantitative research. Rutkowski began working in the online business in 1982 and sent her first commercial e-mail in 1984. She has solved similar business problems (customer acquisition and retention, e-commerce technology issues, legacy system integration) through several generations of buzzwords. Rutkowski came to Consumers Union from NYNEX (currently Verizon) where she was manager of business planning in the Database Marketing division of the NYNEX Yellow Pages subsidiary. She was involved in the planning and development of online Yellow Pages service. She also was national sales manager at CompuServe, launching the first online shopping service – The Electronic Mall on CompuServe. She has held senior research and sales positions at the consulting firms Communications Studies and Planning International (later acquired by Booz Allen Hamilton) and LINK Resources (an IDG company). She is a founding member of the Internet Alliance (IA -- formerly the Interactive Services Association) which was acquired by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and she was Chairman of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the IA. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating cum laude, from the University of Toledo, and has completed work on her master’s degree at the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University.

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Jane Ellen Stevens is a freelance multimedia journalist. She has worked at the Boston Globe and San Francisco Examiner as copy editor, assistant foreign/national editor, Sunday magazine writer, and technology reporter and columnist. She founded a syndicated science and technology feature service with 20 newspaper clients worldwide, including the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, and Asahi Shimbun's AERA Magazine. For four years, she lived and worked in Kenya and Indonesia. She's written for magazines, including National Geographic, and worked for New York Times Television as a videojournalist. She is director of the Violence Reporting Project, which encourages news organizations to include a scientific and prevention, or public health, approach to crime reporting. She has done multimedia reporting for The New York Times, Discovery Channel, and MSNBC.com. She teaches multimedia reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. Stevens has a Bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Kentucky and a Master's degree in communications from the University of Georgia.

Martha Stone is a multimedia news author, speaker and consultant for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. She was the co-director of the Online News Association's Digital Journalism Credibility Study, and was a Poynter Ethics Fellow. She co-wrote "Innovations in Newspapers 2001 World Report," and edits the Online Newspapers & Multimedia Newsrooms newsletter for the World Association of Newspapers. She also writes for WAN, Online Journalism Review, and the Newspaper Association of America. She has written extensively about online media issues for Editor & Publisher Interactive and is a world-renown speaker on Internet strategies, marketing, content and process. Stone specializes in writing about online news competition, profitability, legal issues, ethics, arching, advertising, newsroom staffing, marketing, privacy, databases, trends and more. She has a Bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida.

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Janine Warner is an author, journalist, and Internet consultant. Since 1996, she's written 10 books about the Internet, including Creating Family Web Sites For Dummies(Wiley, January 2005) Dreamweaver For Dummies, and Digital Family Album Basics, the first in a new series. She's also the host of Total Training's Dreamweaver 8 video.

Janine is a frequent guest on television and radio shows and she's an experienced journalist. Her articles and columns have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Miami Herald Newspaper, Shape Magazine, and the Pulitzer Prize Winning Point Reyes Light.

Janine's 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.

Janine has been a part-time faculty member at both the University of Miami and the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication. She has also worked for the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.

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 Miami.com. She also served as Director of Latin American Operations for CNET Networks, an international technology media company.

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.

For more information, visit her Web sites at www.JCWarner.com. and www.DigitalFamily.com

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Daniel Weintraub has been the public affairs columnist for the editorial pages of the Sacramento Bee since November 2000. His column appears Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday on the opinion pages of the Bee and is also printed in several other papers throughout California. His daily weblog, the California Insider, can be found at www.sacbee.com/insider. Weintraub has been covering California politics and public policy for 20 years, including the last 16 in Sacramento. He was a Capitol correspondent for the Los Angeles Times for eight years and the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Orange County Register for five years before coming to the Bee. Weintraub has covered the careers of four governors and has written extensively on fiscal, education, energy and health care issues, among others. During the 2003 recall campaign he was a frequent guest on CNN and Fox News and was a political analyst for MSNBC. He graduated in economics from San Diego State University.

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Ashley Wells is a senior producer at MSNBC.com, specializing in made-for-the-Web news presentations that encourage viewer participation. His role ranges from designer, video editor and writer to developer, project manager and audience researcher. Wells is the lead innovator behind such award-winning features as The Big Picture series and airport baggage screener game. Before moving to MSNBC.com’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, Wells worked on interactive TV for NBC Nightly News and as a writer/web producer at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. He has a degree in broadcast news from Pepperdine University.

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Michael Young is the extended news desk editor for the Los Angeles Times, originating and managing the desk that bridges the newsroom and the newspaper's web site. During his tenure at the Times, Young has worked on the national desk and managed Orange County coverage and a staff of 170. Previously, he worked as city editor at the Providence (RI) Journal, metro editor at the Middlesex (MA) News and a reporter for the Berea (OH) Sun. He was a 2003 Western Knight Fellow in “Homeland Terrorism: A Primer for First-responder Journalists.” He has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ohio State University.

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Mary Zerafa is the director of La Opinión Digital and oversees the strategic development, growth and profit opportunities of laopinión.com. In addition, Zerafa is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the site including content development, marketing, sales, and information technology. During her tenure, it has become the top U.S.-based news and information site for Latinos with revenue and traffic doubling every year. Zerafa has launched several channels exclusive to La Opinión Digital including Tecnología (Technology), Salud (Health), Bebés (Babies) and Notikitos (News for Kids) a bilingual, edu-tainment site for youths. In 2002, Yahoo! en Espaòol named La Opinión Digital the best news and information site. In 2002, Zerafa was profiled by Presstime's annual "20 under 40" which recognizes up-and-coming newspaper professionals. Zerafa holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"I was most impressed with the structure of the program - how each speaker built on what we'd learned from the prior ones - and how together we saw all sides of issues I didn't realize were so complex (despite 20 years in the business). I know this will allow me to ask better questions, and isn't that what we all need to do better - ask the right questions and then listen."
- Kevin Carmody, Austin American-Statesman
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