So long, Savannah, and a new entrepreneurial path

This week, I put in my two weeks’ notice at Savannah Morning News Digital Network and Morris Publishing Group to move after the holiday back to New York City at an up-and-coming  NYC-based startup.

In my year-and-a-half at the helm of the SMN’s digital content and product development strategies, I learned invaluable management skills, conflict resolution and the courage to push fearlessly for innovation even when corporate protocol blocked me along the way. I also had the pleasure of leading an incredibly talented team of digital journalists, including Janay Kingsberry and Catie Mafera, as well as working underneath media disruption  visionaries such as Craig Sims and Steve Yelvington; talented digital marketers such as Stacy Jennings and Jessica Hayman; talented salespeople working tirelessly to develop new revenue streams for local news such as Rachel Gardner

But the innovator’s bug has been itching too hard lately, and although family issues landed me in Savannah originally following the death of my dad, it’s time for the next chapter. Given NYC’s burgeoning tech/entrepreneurial scene, I finally decided to take an offer in NYC and make a leap of faith into new ways of building stronger, more informed communities.

I’ll keep you posted.

Why we built the new dosavannah.com and Do mobile app

After launching the expanded standalone print edition of Do, our weekly arts-and-entertainment section for Savannah Morning News, back in March, we had a feeling the new physical product would soon outgrow its current digital home at savannahnow.com/do. We just didn’t know how soon that day would come.

So, after only three hectic months of strategy meetings, planning sessions, company proposals, product development, site design and end-user implementation, we’re happy to announce the launch of our new Do website at dosavannah.com, as well as an accompanying interactive mobile Do app for iOS and Android devices. Continue reading

“Newspapers are the new startups”

Newspapers are the new startups . . . we’re starting to see a lot of great changes as technologies improve and cultures change.”
-John Levitt, Director of Sales and Marketing, Parse.ly

Levitt’s is one of the most insightful takes on the publishing industry I’ve heard in a while. It’s going to take a lot of restructuring and a ground-up approach, but I’m excited to be a part of it as we embrace the start-up culture in Savannah.

SavSwap: Tackling the online classified ads market

Innovative, quality journalism takes money to produce. In the past, one of the largest revenue streams for news organizations has traditionally come from the classified ad market – a revenue stream that has all but dried up in today’s era of Craigslist and eBay. As an online editor, developer, manager and digital strategist for Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com, a midsized news organization owned by Morris Publishing Group, I’ve sat through countless digital strategy meetings discussing how we as a company can win back a sliver of the online classified ad market, if for no other reason than audience growth, and with the longterm goal of driving revenue to support our company’s journalistic efforts.

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Building a responsive site in less than 20 minutes

An ever-so-sleek responsive portfolio site I designed for a friend in less than 20 minutes using Skeleton as a foundation.

With all this talk lately of the new era of responsive design, I realized today that I’ve yet to create anything that’s actually responsive. Given that I’ve only pondered using it in the implementation of complex, database-driven news sites, the task of tweaking every level of CSS to fit perfectly into a responsive grid system has so far seemed too daunting to tackle. Continue reading