Janine Warner Biography
Janine Warner is the co-founder and executive director of SembraMedia, and an International Center for Journalists Knight Fellow.
Janine has worked with thousands of journalists and digital media entrepreneurs in the U.S., Latin America and Europe and traveled extensively to deliver keynotes and lead seminars at conferences, events, and universities. She has also taught a series of online courses (MOOCs) in entrepreneurial journalism for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas.
In 2015, Janine launched SembraMedia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and quality content in Spanish by helping digital media entrepreneurs become more sustainable. SembraMedia provides training, networking, business and technical services, as well as a broad range of professional support for digital publihers.
Janine began her career as a journalist in Northern California. In the late 1990s, she worked for The Miami Herald, first as the Online Managing Editor and later as Director of New Media. She left that position to serve as Director of Latin American Operations for CNET Networks.
Janine’s skills as a “techy translator” helped her land her first book deal in 1996. Since then, she’s written or coauthored more than 25 books about the Internet, including Web Sites For Dummies, Social Media Design For Dummies, and Global Mobile. She has also created more than 200 hours of training videos a for leading online learning companies, including Lynda.com, CreativeLive and KelbyOne.
Before launching SembraMedia, she ran her own consulting firm and worked on a variety of projects, including: creating an online training program for a major media company in Los Angeles; developing an online strategy for one of Russia’s largest book publishing companies; and helping newspapers and other media companies throughout Latin America to produce new online services.
Janine has taught online journalism as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami and the University of Southern California, and has been a guest lecturer at more than 30 universities in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. (She speaks fluent Spanish.)
She is a member of the Television Academy’s Interactive Media Peer Group and has served as a judge in the Interactive Emmy Awards, the Knight News Challenge, the Arroba de Oro Latin American Internet Awards, and the World Summit Mobile & Content awards in Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka, and Singapore.
When she’s not traveling, she is based in Southern California where she lives with her husband and occasionally takes a break to run on the beach.