Director of Business Development
Howard I. Finberg is the director of partnerships and alliances at The Poynter Institute. In this role Finberg looks for new training partners, oversees the business side of the Institute’s e-learning site and handles the business development aspects of Poynter’s international teaching. He also looks at new revenue opportunities, mostly related to Poynter training. Previously Finberg was responsible for the creation of Poynter’s e-learning project, News University. NewsU (www.newsu.org) launched in 2005 and has more than 220,000 users in 225 countries, accessing more than 300 training modules.
Finberg also teaches news executives and journalists about online and the impact the Internet has on the media industry and on the future of journalism education. Finberg joined the Institute in 2003 after serving as its Presidential Scholar in 2002. His task was examining technology’s impact on media and how new technologies might be integrated into Poynter's teaching and publishing. Prior to joining Poynter he founded and ran The Digital Futurist Consultancy (www.digitalfuturist.com). Among his clients are the McClatchy Company, MediaNews Interactive, The San Francisco Chronicle, Hearst Interactive, Freedom Communications, the Houston Chronicle and the Newspaper Association of America. He also served as a senior fellow at The American Press Institute’s Media Center. Finberg was a corporate vice president at Central Newspapers, prior to its sale to Gannett Corp., where he managed the company's Internet and technology investments and provided strategic and operational guidance for the company’s print and online efforts. He served as a director at Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., which publishes The Arizona Republic. At The Republic, Finberg led the creation and launch of the award-winning online service, Arizona Central (www.azcentral.com) on the Web and on America Online in early 1995. Finberg was honored as the Newspaper Association of America “New Media Pioneer” in 2000. He also held senior newsroom management positions at The Republic, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune, and he worked at the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Examiner and The New York Times. Finberg established the Chicago Tribune’s graphics desk, one of the country’s first such operations, and was the founding editor of the country’s first syndicated newspaper graphics service. A former teacher at Northwestern University and San Francisco State University, he is the co-author of Visual Editing: A Graphic Guide for Journalists (Wadsworth Publishing, Belmont, Calif.), a college-level textbook about newspaper design, informational graphics, illustrations and photography. He has also been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has served as a judge for a number of website competitions. His personal Twitter handle is @hif.