Janine Warner Biography
Janine Warner is an International Center for Journalists Knight Fellow and the founder and executive director of SembraMedia.
She launched SembraMedia, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting digital media, after working more than a decade as a teacher and consultant with thousands of journalists, entrepreneurs and media companies. As the executive director, she manages a growing team from more than a dozen countries in Latin America and Spain who are researching digital media projects in Spanish, building an online directory, and developing a variety of training and support services.
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.
She is a member of the TV 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 WSA Mobile & Content awards in Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka, and Singapore.
Before launching SembraMedia, she ran her own consulting firm and worked on a variety of projects, including: developing an online training program for Entravision Communications in Los Angeles; creating an online strategy for one of Russia’s largest book publishing companies; and helping newspapers and other media companies throughout Latin America to develop online services. (She speaks fluent Spanish.)
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.
When she’s not traveling, she is based in Southern California where she lives with her husband, David LaFontaine, and occasionally takes a break to run on the beach or just stare at the ocean.