My work

During my nearly 18 years of digital production at The Seattle Times, I worked on hundreds of projects. These are the ones I’m most proud of:

* BLOGS: Between 2005 and 2012, I guided the launching of more than 30 news blogs. I taught journalists the difference between blogging online and writing a story for print. I wrote blog posts and experimented with interactive tools myself so that I could better relate to what the bloggers were dealing with on a daily basis. I created the first and only Times blog to be written by reader contributors.

* SOCIAL MEDIA: In the summer of 2008, I was among the first people at The Times to live tweet an event. I also launched The Times’ first page on Facebook. Later, I spearheaded an effort to ensure social-media profiency throughout the newsroom.

* READER ENGAGEMENT: I was the key producer for experimenting with and implementing a number of engagement tools on seattletimes.com, ranging from live chats during breaking news events, to galleries for reader-submitted photos, to crowd-sourcing via forms. See a lot of my work here.

* READER COMMENTS: I led the customer-facing implementation effort for a new commenting system early in 2014. I ensured consistent moderation efforts with the goal of creating a non-abusive discussion environment.

* SPORTS PRODUCTION: I led a massive expansion of the Sports channel of seattletimes.com from 2000 until 2008. The cornerstone was a database system for the intake of high school sports statistics.

* PUBLIC-SERVICE JOURNALISM: I was the producer for The Times’ Guide to Schools, a detailed directory of more than 700 public and private schools in the region, complete with info on programs and latest test scores. It won an EPpy Award in 2001.

* BREAKING-NEWS PRODUCTION: From the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge, to snowstorms that crippled the region, to dramatic strike votes at Boeing, I reveled in opportunities to do digital journalism during big stories. I had key roles in big election nights, helping to cover four presidential elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012).

* DIGITAL NEWS PARTNERSHIPS: I was the lead producer for a program that brought The Times and more than 50 Puget Sound-area news sites together to form a local news network. The project won Associated Press Managing Editors’ Innovator of the Year award in 2010.

* FLAT-OUT FUN: Of all the projects I’ve been involved with at The Times, my favorite is the series of live music performances that I helped plan and produce with Times music blogger Andrew Matson. We offered live video webcasts on the Times’ homepage, and then edited the clips for watching later. It was bold stuff, and a real bear to pull off without a hitch. But I loved every minute of being involved with it. Here’s one of the edited clips, shot in the old press room of The Times:

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