Elizabeth Osder

Elizabeth Osder has been pioneering interactive journalism since 1991. She began her exploration of new technology before the GUI-based World Wide Web forever changed the face of electronic publishing. While studying journalism at the University of Missouri Osder experimented with early CD-ROM and Bulletin Board narrative form, digital photography and multimedia production. Her 1993 master's project explored the editorial, business and operational issues of online newspapers in conjunction with the development of a prototype BBS community system for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies where she was a graduate fellow. In 1993 Osder joined Advance Publications. In her role as Executive Producer Osder developed Advance's model for regional portals and helped launchÊNew Jersey Online. Osder's other early award-winning sites includedÊthe Internet's first graphical five-day weather forecast, a children's science education site calledÊThe Yuckiest Site on the InternetÊand Rockhall.com for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where she did "live internet reporting" from the opening ceremonies in Cleveland. Osder joined The New York Times on the Web before its launch in 1994. As Content Development Editor and later as Director of Product Development Osder was charged with all non-newspaper originating content and services offerings for the Times. Her efforts combined to create a quality network that went beyond the daily contents of the newspaper. Included in these efforts were projects as varied as the multi-media rich New York Times Books, and Special Content Features sections on topics from Bosnia to the Millennium. An expert in online Community development, Osder created and managed The Times' Discussion Forums and championed privacy and community publishing policies. Other NYT projects included overall user-experience strategic products and distribution deals (IE4.0, AvantGo); e-commerce applications and the recent redesign of nytimes.com and its publishing system. From 1999-2001, Osder became served as Vice President, General Manager, and Global Managing Partner, of Scient, where she focused on the publishing, news and information industries. Her consulting clients include The Financial Times, Time Warner Digital and The Times (London). Since 2001, Osder has been John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. Osder is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer for programs on interactive content development, strategic product development and management. Since 1995 Osder has taught graduate interactive journalism seminars at both New York University and Columbia University. Her leadership awards include Top 10 Women in New York New Media (@NY), Silicon Alley Top 100 (SAR) and Top 100 in Interactive Media (OJR). Osder and her work have also received creative honors including four "Cool Sites of the Day" awards, a Webby and three Best Newspaper awards. Osder has a BA in history from Mount Holyoke College (1986) and masters in photojournalism and media management from The University of Missouri School of Journalism (1993).Osder has been a member of the World Technology Network since 1999.


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