Andrea has held executive level positions in both the journalism and business divisions of several media companies, uniquely positioning her to help lead change in the industry. From managing editor of a large, converged newsroom to steering a media company's innovation team to drive strategic change initiatives, Andrea has seen journalism from many angles.
Andrea's applied journalism endeavors are focused on shining the light on social injustices. She has extensive technical writing experience, and writes often to preserve aspects of a vanishing nature.
Before leaving corporate journalism, Andrea served as Managing Editor, Audience/Niche for the Naples Daily News, then an E.W. Scripps property. At the same time, Andrea was an adjunct at Florida Gulf Coast University in the Department of Communication and Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, teaching a recitation section for Journalism and Society.
Prior to her managing editor role, Andrea served the Naples Daily News as Innovation Director. She and her team were tasked to develop a new model to transform local journalism alongside the community it served, believing the future was squarely situated in collaboration. While executing on this mission, the team addressed such critical questions as moderation on media websites that welcome citizen journalists and contributors; the legal implications of monitoring such sites; the effect of citizen collaboration on news judgment, and the role of media and trained journalists as the masses found their voices on the web.
Andrea came to the Naples Daily News to serve as Multimedia Director and found through that role a chance to help guide policy on the newspaper’s flagship website, naplesnews.com. She focused countless hours on comments management, blogging privileges and the roles of citizen journalists as the internet space widened.
Andrea began her career as a journalist in suburban Kansas City. She moved into management roles for newspaper companies including The Kansas City Star, where she transitioned into new media management as newspapers took to the web in the mid-90s. There she enjoyed opportunities to participate in what was then Knight Ridder’s role in the Classified Ventures project (at the time careerbuilder.com, cars.com, realestate.com and apartments.com) and the launch of Real Cities. Andrea has fulfilled e-business roles within companies including Sprint, and Harte-Hanks, guiding web strategies for varied categories of business.
Andrea has been a repeated speaker at industry conferences including those of the News Media Alliance (formerly the Newspaper Association of America) and Editor & Publisher’s Interactive Media Conference. She is a past member of the Florida Press Service Board of Directors, and the Naples Press Club. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Andrea is especially proud of the team awards of which she has been fortunate to be a part, from multiple Eppy and Digital Edge awards, to the News Media Alliance's Best Online Newspaper award, presented to The Kansas City Star when Andrea served as The Star's Online [Digital] Manager.
It's time to revisit the splendor of Beloved as the world bids farewell to the incandescent Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Nobel prize in literature 2018 is cancelled, and the circumstances surrounding the decision to postpone the award are mired in the complicated global perception of right and wrong. The Swedish Academy announced there will be two laureates in 2019.
The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced, and the prize for Fiction was awarded to Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company). What a beautiful, worthwhile read - substantial.
Where would we be without artists like those who occupy the pages of Mission At Tenth, the peaceful torchbearers relentlessly insisting on social change? Spending time in the pages of this literary journal feels like a road map for the intellect - and for the heart.
Have you read Megan Hunter's, The End We Start From? Dystopian Fiction, this felt real - insightful. The world into which the author wraps her characters is so fantastical that the story demands the reader constantly check what she knows about reality. Getting lost in this story is a delicious way to spend an afternoon.
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is… YOUTHQUAKE! The noun is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people." Oxford editors collected mounds of data to arrive at their decision. Why did this word spark in our collective conscience in 2017, and what does it indicate for the year ahead?
The Man Booker Prize 2017 winner is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. It delightfully breaks all the structure rules!
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