Poynter Names Six New Members to National Advisory Board

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The Poynter Institute has announced the appointment of six new members to its National Advisory Board (NAB). Together, the new members bring to the Board experiences in print, online and broadcast journalism, as well as in academia.

Poynter, a school dedicated to teaching practitioners and teachers of journalism, has announced the appointment of six new members to its National Advisory Board. Together, the new members bring to the Board experiences in print, online and broadcast journalism, as well as in academia – areas which Poynter seeks to serve with its expanding number of training opportunities.

Those named to the Board are:

Sewell Chan, Bureau Chief, City Room, The New York Times
Bradley J. Hamm, Dean and Professor, Indiana University School of Journalism
Cory Bergman, Director, New Product Development, msnbc.com
Michelle Jaconi, Executive Producer, CNN
Betsy Morgan, Recent CEO, Huffington Post
Melanie Sill, Editor and Senior Vice President, The Sacramento Bee

Dr. Karen Dunlap, Poynter’s President, welcomed the new appointments for the guidance that they and their fellow Board members will offer during this challenging time for Poynter and those interested in the future of journalism.

“Poynter has undergone a great deal of change in recent years as we respond to the needs of those inside and outside the traditional journalism community,” Dunlap said. “And we, like those we serve, need to keep evolving. We look to the National Advisory Board to help us make smart choices along the way, and our newest members bring just the kind of experiences that will help us do just that.”

Poynter’s National Advisory Board provides feedback and advice to the Institute’s president throughout the year. In addition, the Board meets each January in St. Petersburg for two days of consultation with Poynter's staff. Board members serve terms of four years.

Continuing on the Board are:

Adrian Holovaty, Web Developer, Journalist and Founder, EveryBlock
Charlene Li, Founder and Thought Leader, Altimeter Group
Lane Michaelsen, Vice President News and Content, WTVJ/NBC Universal
Carolyn Mungo, Managing Editor, KRIV-TV
Todd F. Schurz, President & CEO, Schurz Communications, Inc.
Susan Tifft, Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University
Sheryl Hilliard Tucker, Executive Editor, Time, Inc.

Retiring from the Board are:

Bob Schieffer, Host, “Face the Nation,” Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News
Matt Thompson, Interim Online Community Manager, Knight Foundation
Julia Wallace, Editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

About The Poynter Institute
Founded in 1975 in St. Petersburg, Fla., The Poynter Institute (http://www.poynter.org) is one of the nation’s top schools for professional journalists, future journalists and journalism teachers. Poynter offers training throughout the year in the areas of online and multimedia, leadership and management, reporting, writing and editing, TV and radio, ethics and diversity, journalism education and visual journalism. Poynter’s News University (http://www.newsu.org) offers newsroom training to journalists and journalism students through interactive e-learning modules and links to other journalism education and training opportunities.

Biographies for New Members of Poynter's National Advisory Board

Sewell Chan has been a reporter for The New York Times since 2004. He is the bureau chief of City Room, The Times's local news blog. He previously covered public transportation and City Hall. From 2000 to 2004, he was a staff writer at The Washington Post. He has also written for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Wall Street Journal. Born in Manhattan, Mr. Chan graduated from New York City public schools and from Hunter College High School, part of the City University of New York. He is the son of Chinese immigrants who settled on the Lower East Side before moving to Brooklyn and then Queens. He graduated in 1998 with a degree in social studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. He received a master's degree in politics from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, in 2000. His work has been recognized by the New York Press Club, the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland, and the Carter Center in Atlanta, among other organizations.

Brad Hamm is the dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism. His PhD is in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina, with a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree from Catawba College (North Carolina). Previously, he was the associate dean of the School of Communications at Elon University in North Carolina. Hamm has taught in study abroad programs in Japan, China and Great Britain and started his career as a newspaper reporter. His teaching and research interests are in journalism history and media theory, particularly agenda setting theory.

Cory Bergman founded Lost Remote in 1999 with the slogan, "The TV Revolution is Coming, Are You Ready?" For years, Cory has urged media companies to lead the way on technology before someone else does it for them. A longtime journalist, Cory is the director of new product development at msnbc.com as well as the co-founder (with his wife Kate) of the hyperlocal news startup Next Door Media in Seattle. He's also on the advisory board for the University of Washington's innovative digital media program. In his personal time, Cory lays awake at night obsessing over new sustainable business models for local news on the web. Email him at cory (at) lostremote (dot) com.

Michelle Jaconi, a 12-year veteran of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” joined CNN Worldwide as executive producer of “State of the Union with John King”, the network’s bold new Sunday block of programming that blends newsmaker interviews, political analysis, national and world affairs, cultural segments, media analysis and commentary. Jaconi began working for Meet the Press, the longest-running television program in the world, in 1997, starting as an intern and working her way up to producer and political analyst. Over the past decade, she served as researcher, production associate and political and policy analyst for both “Meet the Press” and NBC’s Political and Polling Unit. She produced interviews with U.S. presidents and military leaders, foreign heads of state, numerous religious figures, as well as every candidate for president in the last two election cycles. Jaconi served as a booker for NBC News Special Events with Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams, serving in that capacity for election nights and numerous award-winning broadcasts including the funeral of Ronald Reagan and the coverage of the Iraq war. She also helped produce NBC’s “Meet the Press Senate Debate Series,” which was a repeat winner of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. She earned a degree in international politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and later earned her master’s degree with honors distinction. While earning her master’s, she wrote for PoliticsNow.com, a Web site that was co-owned by the Washington Post, ABC News and the National Journal Group.

Betsy Morgan recently left her position of CEO of The Huffington Post, where she joined in late 2007 after leaving CBSNews.com. At CBSNews.com, she was named senior vice president and general manager in July 2005. Prior to that, Morgan was Vice President of Business Development for CBS News. In 1998, Morgan joined CBS News in the newly created position of Executive Director, Business Development. Morgan's primary responsibility is to identify and develop new sources of revenue for CBS News, pursue opportunities in new media, explore creative relationships with other companies and find innovative ways to make the Division's current activities even more profitable. Her responsibilities include oversight of CBSNews.com. Prior to joining CBS News, Morgan worked closely with the News Division in her role as Director of Strategic Management for CBS Corporation. Morgan was graduated from Colby College in Maine and from the Harvard Business School. Before joining CBS Corporation in 1997, Morgan was with American Sky Broadcasting, a division of News Corporation in New York. She also has worked in media investment banking at Schroder & Co. and at the Federal Reserve Bank. Morgan lives in New York with her husband, Chad Gifford.

Melanie Sill is responsible for The Bee’s print and online news and opinion content and its digital media department. Melanie joined The Bee in 2007 after nearly 25 years at The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC, most recently as executive editor and senior vice president. She reports directly to The Bee’s publisher, Cheryl Dell. Sill joined The News & Observer in 1982 and worked as a reporter, columnist and managing editor before being named executive editor in 2002. Prior to working for The News & Observer, she worked as a reporter at The Transylvania Times in Brevard, NC and in the state capital bureau of United Press International. Sill is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Freedom of Information Coalition Board of Directors. She holds a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

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