Janine’s Biography

Janine Warner office

Sitting on the patio just outside my office.

Twelve Things about Janine (most of which are true)

You probably know that not everything you read on the Internet is true, but can you find the one thing in this list that’s made up?

If you’re looking for a formal biography to introduce Janine at an event or something, follow this link.

1. I’m a journalist turned geek. My favorite made-up title is Digital Alchemist because so much of the work I do requires a kind of alchemy that combines strategic thinking, entrepreneurial passion, technology experience, content strategy, and teaching and communication skills.

This year, I was awarded a Knight Fellowship by the International Center for Journalism. The fellowship, supports my work on SembraMedia, a nonprofit organization I launched in 2015, dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and quality content in Spanish by helping digital media entrepreneurs become more sustainable and successful.

SembraMedia, and the community we are building there, is born out of my work over the last decade as a teacher and consultant with media companies and entrepreneurs. As the executive director,  I manage a growing team from more than a dozen countries in Latin America and Spain. Together we are researching digital media projects, building an online directory, and developing a variety of training programs and support services. 

2. I’m a world traveler. I’ve visited to more than 40 countries as a speaker and consultant (I have the frequent flyer miles to prove this one). I consult and give speeches in both English and Spanish, and work well with translators in countries where I don’t speak the language.

3. As a child, I trained my pet Siberian Snow Tiger to ski the steepest slope in the Alps. Using a GoPro camera, I recorded him reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour on the treacherous course, but the Olympic Committee refused to admit him. (Sadly, this point is very, very true.)

4. I got hooked on the Internet in 1995. Since then, I’ve written or co-authored 25+ books about the Internet, including Web Sites For Dummies, Social Media Design For DummiesDreamweaver For Dummies (every edition), and Global Mobile. (I have callouses on my fingers to prove this one.)

5. You can learn more about my books and training videos at DigitalFamily.com, a Los Angeles-based digital design and training agency. “Whether you want to create your own website or let us do it all for you, you’ll find what you need at DigitalFamily.com.”

6. I have worked as a consultant for more than a decade. I especially love helping companies and organizations create online learning programs and developing strategic plans that help use technology more effectively. I’ve worked with a diverse group of clients, including the University of Southern California, the Latin American Development Bank CAF, the U.S. State Department, Entravision Communications, and Levi Strauss & Co.

7. I offer keynote speeches and seminars on the topics of online learning, digital journalism, entrepreneurship, technology and design trends. I give speeches in both English and Spanish (and I play nicely with translators). Janine Warner 3.5 TEDx

8. I am fascinated by the many new ways we are learning to teach in the virtual world and I’ve produced more than 250 hours of training videos for leading online learning companies: Lynda.com, CreativeLive.com and KelbyOne.

I’ve also taught a series of MOOCs (massive online courses) for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas.

My experience in online learning has led to consulting projects for several companies and organizations that wanted to set up their own online training programs.

9. I especially love working with journalists, media companies, and digital content entrepreneurs. I’ve taught courses in online journalism at the University of Southern California and the University of Miami, and I’ve been a guest lecturer at more than 30 other universities in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. I also helped create an Internet Literacy program for high school students in Central America.

In the fall of 2013, I was hired by Rosental Alves of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas to develop and teach a 5-week course on Entrepreneurial Journalism in Spanish. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was sponsored by Google Latin America and attracted more than 5,000 students. This year, I created a more advanced course.

10. Unlike my Snow Tiger, I’ve never been to Siberia, but over the years, I have consulted with one of Russia’s largest publishing companies in Moscow; traveled to New Delhi to speak at Internet World India; and worked with journalists and publishers in places as diverse as Colombia, Costa Rica, and Ukraine.

11. I am a member of the TV Academy’s Interactive Media Peer Group and have 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 and Sri Lanka.

12. I live in Los Angeles with my husband and enjoy tending our fruit trees and running on the beach (when I’m not traveling).

You’ll find a more formal biography for Janine Warner, here.

“Janine, thank you so much for your excellent presentation. And thanks for sharing your ebook with all of the services you mentioned. Very much appreciated.”

Susanne Wildhaber

Cultural Affairs Office of the Consul General, Consulate of Switzerland

“Janine Warner is one of the most effective speakers I’ve met. Her plane hadn’t even left the gate and our press contacts were already asking us to invite her back.”

John Vance

Press Attaché, U.S. Embassy

Dear Janine,

This is Olga Malchevska, your student from the Digital Future Journalism Fellowship in Kyiv, Ukraine.
My colleagues and I often remember your bright classes. They were so informative and useful.”

Olga Malchevska

News Correspondent , TSN and 1+1 Media, Ukraine

“Your presentation was incredible and very inspiring. I’ve been designing and writing online for almost 10 years, and I thought I was doing an adequate job protecting and maintaining my online identity.

Ten minutes into your presentation I realized, OH MY GOD, here, let me pull my head out of my ass. It really woke me up. I learned so much.”

Heather Armstrong

One of the Internet's first super popular bloggers, Creator of Dooce.com