About Robert

I’m a multimedia communication professional who specializes in making community journalism more social and interactive.

Since February 2011, I’ve worked as the Online Sports Editor for the Appeal-Democrat, a 20,000-circulation daily newspaper in Marysville, Calif. This is done in addition to being the paper’s Interactive Content Producer, which I’ve done since September 2008. My duties include:

  • Operating the paper’s sports website, ADVarsitySports.com.
  • Building and launching QR codes for multimedia content.
  • Filming and producing news and sports video for the website.
  • Conceiving, building and updating interactive databases.
  • Conceiving and designing interactive graphics to accompany stories.
  • Managing user-generated content.
  • Uploading new content with the company’s content management system.
  • Managing the company’s social media presence.

The Appeal-Democrat has been awarded a Best News Website award in the 2008 and 2009 Better Newspapers Contest sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

Prior to this, I was a reporter for the Appeal-Democrat, covering Sutter County and the City of Live Oak. I came to Marysville from the Paradise (Calif.) Post, a 10,000-circulation thrice-weekly paper.

Education: I graduated from California State University, Chico in December 2005 with a degree in journalism and a minor in creative writing. I spent four semester writing for The Orion, one of the most highly-respected university newspapers in the country. I received numerous personal honors, including two Top 20 finishes in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, once for sports writing and once for editorial writing.

Personal: I grew up in Happy Camp, Calif. – population 800, 75 miles from the nearest stoplight. I currently live in Yuba City, Calif., about 45 miles north of Sacramento.

Banner Pics: John Steinbeck’s travel typewriter, one of Dorthea Lange’s cameras, Steve Jobs’ Macintosh. All taken at the California Museum in Sacramento.

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