Onward: My new job at Publish2

I am extremely excited to let you know that I’m starting a new job on Monday, as Director of News Innovation at Publish2.  I’ll be working for Scott Karp, who I’ve been following since I started blogging back in 2005, and with a team of top-notch online news thinkers, evangelists, and developers.

What does a Director of News Innovation do?

I’m expecting to work with newsrooms and journalists across the media world to get them the tools they need to bring the best of the Web to their readers, and maybe even to bring the best of their readers to the wider Web.  Sound good?

Well, help me out. Let me know what you think of Publish2, how you’ve used it, and what you’d like to see in the P2 toolkit that isn’t there yet.

Here’s my favorite recent Publish2 story, about how a group of disparate news organizations in Washington state used the service as a tool for collaborative curation during floods this winter.

I can’t wait to get started.  Matter of fact, if you’re at BCNI Philly this weekend, feel free to throw your ideas about Publish2 at me in person.


To answer an obvious question, yes, I’ve left my job at GateHouse Media, effective today.

I had a great 19-month run with GateHouse, doing my best to give journalists at more than 125 newspapers the tools and training they needed to serve their communities.

Any and every success that I had there belongs to the incredible team of developers, the awesome revenue team, and the online news innovators I worked with, including Howard Owens — who hired me and has since left GateHouse to put his money where his mouth is at The Batavian — and Bill Blevins, the VP who Howard reported to, whose door was always wide open to new ideas and possibilities.  Thank you.


Onward. I’ll be spending a great deal of my time over the coming days and week wrapping my head around how Publish2 has been used so far and where it’s going.  Let me know what you think of it, here, on Twitter, or wherever you see me.  I’m easy to find.

Published by Ryan Sholin

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11 replies on “Onward: My new job at Publish2”

  1. Congrats on the new gig, sounds really great! I’ve read tons about Publish2, but haven’t actually spent a lot of time on the site and don’t yet have an account. But after reading your announcement and looking around the site, I think I might be convinced to sign up and learn my way around it.

  2. Congratulations, man. Gatehouse, I’m sure, is sad to see you go. Publish2 is extremely lucky to get such a brilliant news mind.

  3. Congratulations on the move, and thanks for all the time you spent guiding me through one maze or another. Good luck!

  4. Awesome to know you’re headed to Publish2. Glad you liked the #wanews project, too (that’s what we’ve called it, occasionally).

    We’ve got a conference call scheduled in relation to the project that’s taking place May 5 and it’s open to all who’d like to listen in. Josh Korr from Publish2 will be joining us to offer a Publish2 primer for the uninitiated.

    Anyway, really excited to see what you do with Publish2 (I’m also a huge fan of Wired Journalists). Best of luck to you.

  5. al;skdfjl;askdjf;lsakjdf;lk!!!!!!

    Do you know how excited I am for this!!!!!

    I hope Scott Karp knows how much of a steal you are!!!

  6. Congrats Ryan! We’re pretty ardent Publish2 users at Scripps, and will definitely be interested in seeing what ideas come down the pike.

    Hit me up anytime.

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