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Kerry J. Northrup

Kerry J. Northrup

Turner Multimedia Professor, Western Kentucky University, USA, and Chief Editorial Officer, The Newsplexer Projects

Kerry J. Northrup is a career journalist and international media executive who specializes in prototyping the future of journalism. Northrup created the original US$2.5 million Newsplex model newsroom for demonstration and training in convergent newshandling technologies and techniques. He is now chief editorial officer and news experience producer of The Newsplexer Projects – a series of massive-media editorial productions used to invent new ways of doing the news and train fusion journalists for the new mainstream media. He holds the endowed Turner Multimedia Professorship at Western Kentucky University, was a founding board member of the Global Editors Network and was publications director at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). He originated the annual NewsGear evaluation of advanced technology for modern, mobile, multiplatform journalists. He launched the Media Scenarios Project using scenario planning methods to envision the future of news and the news business. He executive produced the Telly Award-winning "Tomorrow's News" video depicting a futuristic multichannel news operation. His previous career encompassed two decades as an award-winning reporter, writer, designer, multimedia producer, news technologist, editor and executive for a variety of newspapers, magazines and broadcasters, including The St. Petersburg Times and a corporate position at Gannett. He has consulted for scores of newsrooms in nearly two-dozen countries as a published expert in advanced editorial technologies and integrated newsroom management.

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