Global Conference 2005
Director, Interactive Learning, The Poynter Institute
Howard Finberg is Director of Interactive Learning at The Poynter Institute. Finberg was the institute′s Presidential Scholar, examining technology′s impact on media and how new technologies might be integrated into Poynter′s teaching and publishing. Prior to joining Poynter, Finberg was co-founder and managing director of Finberg-Gentry, the Digital Futurist Consultancy (www.digitalfuturist.com). Clients included McClatchy Company, MediaNews Interactive, The San Francisco Chronicle, Hearst Interactive and the Newspaper Association of America. Finberg was a corporate vice president at Central Newspapers, prior to its sale to Gannett Corp., where he managed the company′s Internet and technology investments and provided strategic and operational guidance. As director at Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., Finberg led the creation of the award-winning online service, Arizona Central (www.azcentral.com). Finberg was a Senior Fellow at The American Press Institute′s Media Center and was honored as the Newspaper Association of America "New Media Pioneer." He has held senior newsroom management positions at The Republic, San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. Finberg established the Chicago Tribune′s graphics desk, one of the country′s first such operations, and was the founding editor of the country′s first syndicated newspaper graphics service. A former teacher at Northwestern University and San Francisco State University, he is the co-author of Visual Editing—A Graphic Guide for Journalists.