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Jane Ellen Stevens is a multimedia journalist, specializing in science and technology, and a new media consultant.
Leaving the field marine biology, she began her career in journalism 30 years ago, at the Boston Globe as a copy editor, and then moved on to the San Francisco Examiner to work as assistant foreign-national editor, marketing columnist, magazine writer, and science and technology reporter. In the early 1980s, she wrote one of the first computer technology columns in the country.
In 1988, she founded a science and technology feature service that syndicated articles to 20 newspapers around the world, including the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Portland Oregonian, the Atlanta Constitution, the Orlando Sentinel, the Singapore Straits Times, the London Times, and AERA, Asahi Shimbun's weekly magazine in Japan.
For four years, she lived and worked in Kenya and Indonesia, and traveled extensively, doing science reporting in Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and Russia. Due to extreme good fortune, and with the blessings and support of the National Science Foundation and the Australian Antarctic Division, she traveled to Antarctica three times.
She's written for BioScience, Computer Graphics World, Discover, Earth, International Wildlife, Longevity, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, National Geographic, National Wildlife, Science, Technology Review and Vogue.
From 1996 to 1998, she worked for New York Times Television as a videojournalist on the Science Times unit. The unit produced a series of hour-long science programs that appeared on the Learning Channel. From 1998 to 2000, she officially made the transition to the Web as a multimedia journalist, and spent most of her time doing multimedia reporting for Discovery Channel’s Web site.
She's currently a principal investigator for education and outreach at Tagging of Pacific Predators. Her first project was the Great Turtle Race (http://www.greatturtlerace.com), a collaborative effort with Conservation International, Leatherback Trust, Yahoo! and MINAE, Costa Rica's environmental agency. TOPP's graphic designer Val Krist and Stevens developed and provided the content for several other science Web sites, including: Sea Otter Research – http://www.seaotterresearch.org; Managing California’s Resources -- http://rrea.danr.org; Stanford@Sea -- http://stanford.sea.edu.
In 2000, Stevens developed and began teaching the first multimedia reporting classes offered at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. She worked with Paul Grabowicz (the J-school's director of new media) and Scot Hacker (the J-school's Webmaster) to develop the school’s online multimedia reporting tutorial (http://journalism.berkeley.edu/multimedia). With Grabowicz, she developed and taught multimedia reporting workshops for mid-career journalists through the Knight New Media Center. She does consulting with several news organizations, including Oakland Tribune, the Ventura County Star, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. She has also been a guest lecturer at Stanford University's graduate journalism classes.
During her career, she's received several awards, including the Associated Press Spot News (First Place), and United Press International Best Sports Story. She's been awarded six fellowships: In 1990, a Knight Fellowship for Specialized Journalism in Biotechnology; in 1991, a U.S. Council for the Advancement of Science Writing Latin America Fellowship; in 1994 and 1995, National Science Foundation two-month journalism fellowships to Antarctica; in 1995, a mini-fellowship from the Kaiser Media Fellowships in Health; in 1998, an Australian Antarctic Division Antarctic Humanities Program Fellowship to Antarctica. And in December 1997, she was Science Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) Graduate School of Journalism.
She's a member of the Online News Association, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the Northern California Science Writers Association, where she served as president.
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