Janine Warner

co-founder and executive director SembraMedia

Janine Warner is the co-founder and executive director of SembraMedia. She also has a Knight Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists that supports her work in Latin America. Over the last decade, Janine has worked with thousands of journalists and digital media entrepreneurs in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. She has also traveled extensively to deliver keynotes and lead seminars at conferences, events, and universities.

In 2015, Janine co-founded SembraMedia with Mijal Iastrebner of Argentina. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping digital media entrepreneurs to build more sustainable and independent news organizations. SembraMedia provides business and technical training, market intelligence, networking opportunities, consulting and financial support. The diverse team represents a regional network of more than 800 digital publishers in 20 countries in Latin America, the U.S., and Spain.

Janine has taught online journalism at the University of Miami and USC and has been a guest lecturer at more than 30 universities in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. She also taught a series of online courses (MOOCs) in entrepreneurial journalism for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at UT. Janine began her career as a journalist in Northern California and founded a bilingual newspaper in the early 90s. In the late 1990s, she worked for The Miami Herald as the Online Managing Editor and later as Director of New Media. She also served as Director of Latin American Operations for CNET Networks.

She’s written or co-authored 25 books about the Internet, including Web Sites For Dummies and Global Mobile. She has also created more than 200 hours of training videos for leading online learning companies. Janine has been a judge in the Interactive Emmy Awards, Poynter's FactFoward, the Knight News Challenge, the Arroba de Oro, and the World Summit Awards. She is a native English speaker, fluent in Spanish, conversational in Portuguese (and she plays nicely with translators).

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