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The Team

Staff

Chelsea Novak

Editor

Chelsea Novak is a founding editor of Daze Magazine and the former Arts and Film Editor of Vue Weekly.

She was a community reporter in B.C. for three years.

She holds a Master of Journalism degree from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Magazine Publishing Certificate from Capilano University.

She lives in Edmonton with her husband.

Advisors

Jim Brady

Advisor

Jim is the CEO of Spirited Media, a media consulting firm that operated local news sites Billy Penn in Philadelphia, The Incline in Pittsburgh and Denverite in Denver prior to selling the businesses in early 2019. Prior to founding Spirited Media, Jim served in many roles as a media executive, including Executive Editor of washingtonpost.com, Editor in Chief of Digital First Media, General Manager of TBD, Head of News and Sports for America Online and in various other roles. Jim also served as public editor of ESPN from 2015-18.

Jim is a Past President of the Online News Association, and, in 2017, received the Rich Jaroslovsky Award for his long service to ONA. He currently serves on the boards of the News Media Alliance, American Press Institute, National Press Foundation and the Local Media Association and recently concluded a four-year term as a member of the Poynter Institute’s National Advisory Board. He is also a two-time judge of the Pulitzer Prizes.

David Cohn

Advisor

David is the senior director for Advance Digital and was the Chief Content officer for the groundbreaking startup Circa.

He has a track record of forward-thinking work in video, crowdsourcing, media funding, audience development and storytelling. He has experience leading teams of staffers and contractors both remotely and on-site.

David has also played a pivotal role in launching several MVPs and shepherding them into businesses. He built an extensive and diverse network in the journalism and technology industries.

He is a frequent panellist at ONA conferences.

Tim Currie

Advisor

Tim is Assistant Professor of Journalism (Online Journalism) at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada.

He is co-editor of The New Journalist: Roles, Skills, and Critical Thinking (2010) and has authored ethics guidelines for the Canadian Association of Journalists.

Tim’s research interests include journalism education, journalists’ use of social media and mobile applications of news. He comments frequently in the media on topics such as online comments, publication bans and news organizations’ use of social media.

Tim has a BA in history and political studies from Queen’s University (1988), a BJ from King’s (1992) and an MA in communications and technology from the University of Alberta (2006). He has led Kings’ online journalism instruction since 1999.

Daniel Gaines

Advisor

Dan is an experienced editor with a demonstrated history of conceiving and producing quality editorial projects with a strong network of freelancers and/or in-house staff.

He is a sought-after, tech-savvy digital media consultant and experienced manager who has provided advice, plans and ideas for both large and small media companies and content creators.

Dan has returned to the Los Angeles Times part-time to assist the newsroom on digital strategy, SEO, analytics and the current rebuilding effort. He previously spent more than 20 years in senior editor roles with the Times, most recently as Senior Deputy Editor, Online.

Kathy Kerr

Advisor

Kathy Kerr is a veteran journalist based in Edmonton with three decades of daily newspaper experience as a reporter, editor and newsroom manager behind her and who knows how many years as a business and political freelance writer and editor ahead of her.

She values great journalism, great writing and the importance of providing both to the people of Alberta.

Erin Millar

Advisor

Future-focused, curious, entrepreneurial journalist and digital media leader. Founded and leads Discourse Media, an award-winning digital media company that produces in-depth journalism with impact. Founding trustee of the Uncharted Journalism Fund, board member of National Magazine Award Foundation, SheEO Activator.

Lucas Timmons

Advisor

Lucas Timmons is going to automate Canada’s news industry.

“It’s time to let computers do the tedious work and let humans get on with writing stories that computers can not.”

Lucas is a digital journalist with The Canadian Press.

John K. White

Advisor

John launched one of Canada’s first online-only news sites, Winnipeg First, in 2007 and has learned a lot since then.

He’s been a digital editor at the Winnipeg Free Press and Edmonton Journal and is always seeking a new path for journalism.

He’s a proud supporter of Cre Comm and established a scholarship there in his dad’s name. He’s a member of the Manitoba Métis community and related to Charles Nolin.

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