Cold Type

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Now I am an IT project manager and systems analyst for The Columbian in Vancouver, WA, where I’ve worked since 1995, starting in the newsroom as a copy editor, paginator and database analyst and then moving into IT in 2002. A 1988 graduate of Washington State University, I got my first taste of digital publishing at Times Information Services, Inc., a subsidiary of The Seattle Times, where he worked from 1993-95 as an editorial assitant and assistant news editor on The Times’ first foray into online publishing with Seattle Times Extra. That was a bulletin board system and it still shocks me that we thought something resembling a library card catalog system could be a viable online business model. Thankfully, the Web came along and it’s the key ingredient in the digital kool-aid me and others are trying to get people to embrace now.

A 1988 graduate of Washington State University, he worked as a reporter in many newsrooms in the Pacific Northwest, including the Post Falls Tribune, Coeur d’Alene Press, Pierce County Herald and Northshore Citizen. Those stints eventually led to Times Information Services, Inc., a subsidiary of The Seattle Times, where he worked from 1993-95 as an editorial assitant and assistant news editor on The Times’ first foray into online publishing with Seattle Times Extra.

While busy with technical issues today, he is still a journalist at heart but one that believes print’s days are numbered. The question now is not how to save newspapers, but how to save good journalism.

Written by coldtype

January 27, 2009 at 12:16 am

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