Bob Payne

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* Editor, Partnerships & Audience Engagement, seattletimes.com (June 2008-February 2016). Exploring ways to do better journalism via digital-engagement tools.

My duties included:

– Managing sitewide engagement efforts to increase interactivity and build reader-to-reader geographic and topic communities. Result: A more efficient comment-moderation system; more effective crowd-sourcing activities for journalists; better tracking of engagement successes, failures.

– Social-media strategy and instruction. Result: A more focused program to analyze social-media effectiveness for the newsroom; a summer training program that brought 180 people in the newsroom up to current social-media proficiency.

– Coordinating strategic partnerships with independent news website publishers in the Seattle area. Result: Created a localized community news network to fill gaps in Seattle Times coverage.

– Working with content creators in the newsroom on the best ways to advance their work by engaging with readers using various tools.

– Leading project teams to build site applications that help address the needs of online communities, via such environments as forums, story commenting and social media.

– Assisting digital team as needed for live site and social-media production.

* Senior News Producer for Sports, seattletimes.com (January 2006-June 2008)

My duties included:

– Direction of the Sports channel of the site.
– Collaborating with the print sports staff on new features for the site, including special projects such as multimedia.
– Project management. This involves leading a team of production assistants, engineers and designers. Examples: developing our H.S. stats database system and overseeing the Times’ Guide to Schools database in the Education channel.
– Personnel management and career development. Includes the mentoring of associate producers and interns.

* Producer (11/99-1/06), Associate Producer (2/98-11/99), seattletimes.com

My duties included:

– Producing of new content areas throughout seattletimes.com as assigned. This included managing editorial content and managing team of designers, engineers to launch new site components.

* New Media Editor, (September 1997-February 1998), HeraldNet, Everett, Wash.

– Daily production for news site, including news posting and site design.

* Various Editor Positions, (May 1990-January 1997), The Herald, Everett, Wash.


I received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from Ohio State University. I have a minor in political science. I graduated with a 3.6 GPA and cum laude honors. Completed French language program.


Available upon request.


  • Functional specifications written for large-scale, database-driven components of seattletimes.com.
  • Presentations on engagement delivered at conferences such as the Online News Association.
  • Curriculum for social-media training.


  • WordPress.
  • Analytics platforms: Chartbeat, Sage Analyst, Google Analytics, native Facebook and Twitter analytics.
  • Google docs, forms and polls.
  • Social-media management tools such as Buffer, Hootsuite.
  • Live discussion applications such as ScribbleLive, Reddit AMAs.
  • Communication and planning tools such as Slack, Trello.
  • Thorough knowledge of various commenting and forum platforms such as Livefyre, Disqus, Facebook.
  • Basic Photoshop.
  • User-generated content aggregation tools such as Flickr, File Mobile.
  • Software-issue tracking tool Jira.


  • A member of digital staff involved in coverage of Oso slide, winner of 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News.
  • Managed social media and engagement efforts for 2013 Sea Change project, winner of Explanatory Reporting award at Online News Association annual awards.
  • Winner of 2010 APME Innovator of the Year award for community news partners network.
  • Producer for EPpy-award winning School Guide in 2001.


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