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Jonathan Dube is a digital media executive.
He currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager, AOL News & Information. Dube leads the News content division, which includes the AOL News, Technology, Finance, and Sports groups.
He previously served as the Vice President in charge of ABCNews.com, responsible for the strategic planning, business strategy, editorial content, and production of the network's 24-hour online news service. Dube has served twice as President of the international Online News Association and currently serves on ONA's Board of Directors.
He's been described as "a web reporting pioneer" by The Poynter Institute, "a major figure in the online-news business" by Editor & Publisher and "one of the first journalists to use an online (blog) journal" by The New York Times.
In 1998, while working at The Charlotte Observer, he helped write a Weblog covering Hurricane Bonnie in 1998, the first time a news site used the Weblog format to cover breaking news.
As a national producer for ABCNEWS.com, he was one of the first true multimedia reporters, covering stories such as the Columbine High School shooting and the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle by shooting digital photos and video, creating interactive graphics, filing reports for ABC Radio and working with ABC News correspondents and producers. In February 2000, he and ABC News correspondent Brian Ross (journalist) jointly broke the news online of the arrest of a hacker known as "Mafiaboy" for attacks that took down major Web sites, such as Yahoo and CNN. It was one of the first times a major online news site broke an investigative story online and one of the earliest examples of joint reporting by an online and network TV journalist.
In 2000, Dube founded CyberJournalist.net, a site about how technology is transforming journalism. In addition, he serves on the board of the Online Publishers Association, the advisory board of the Center for Citizen Media and is a founding member of the Media Bloggers Association.
Dube writes a Web Tips column for The Poynter Institute, the premier professional training institute for journalists, and has served as visiting faculty for the institute.
He has also worked as the Director of Digital Media for CBC News, the news division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; the editorial director for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's award-winning website, CBC.ca; technology editor and managing producer for MSNBC.com; and a freelancer for The New York Times.
A native New Yorker, Dube has a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and a master's degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he lived with George Miller (now a Temple University journalism professor) and Doug Black. He studied new media and now serves on the school's Annual Fund Committee.
Dube won the first national Online Journalism Award for Breaking News for his coverage of the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. He has also won four online journalism awards and two investigative reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as the first-ever new media award from Columbia University.
At the CBC, he led the company's website to every major online award in Canada, including multiple RTNDA Canada Awards, an EPpy Award and the Canadian New Media Award.
- Web Tips column for The Poynter Institute, 2001 to present
- "Why I went from the Web to Print - and Back Again," The Columbia Journalism Review, July 1999
- "Writing News Online," Poynter.org, July 13, 2003
- "A life in journalism," essay in "Reporting and Writing: Basics for the 21st Century," a journalism textbook by Christopher Scanlan (Oxford University Press, 1999).
- "Writing News Online," chapter in "Shop talk & war stories: Journalists examine their profession," by Jan Winburn (Bedford Books, 2003).