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Aug 3, 2009

Reynolds Center gets new Web managing editor

Robin J. Phillips, a journalist with a rich background in business news and online journalism, has joined the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism as Web managing editor for its site: www.BusinessJournalism.org.

Phillips comes to the center at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from a job as online community manager for www.azcentral.com, the Web site of The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She has also served as deputy business editor at The Republic and Newsday, as well as editor for BusinessWeek Online’s small business channel.

She was an adjunct professor of new media at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and has presented at various journalism organizations on the use of social media as a reporting tool.

“Robin brings the perfect combination of skills for elevating our Web site to the next level,” said Linda Austin, executive director of the Reynolds Center, explaining that the center provides free training in business journalism both online and through regional workshops. “She will expand and enhance our online training offerings, as well as make our site even more timely and interactive.”

Phillips, an early advocate of the journalistic uses of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, will be using her skills in that area to advance the quality of business journalism, Austin said.

“The past few years have shown us the importance of business journalism and how essential it is for all journalists to understand how to tell business stories,” Phillips said. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to expand the reach of the Reynolds Center and to help journalists tell those stories in whatever form they take: print, broadcast, digital or any combination of the three.”

Phillips, who holds a degree in journalism and political science from the University of Hawaii, joins the center Aug. 10. She can be reached at 602-496-9190 or robin.phillips.1@asu.edu.

The Reynolds Center on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus is funded by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, based in Las Vegas, Nev. More than 8,000 journalists nationwide have attended the center’s free business journalism workshops since its founding in 2003. BusinessJournalism.org draws about 15,500 unique monthly visitors. Follow the center on Facebook and Twitter.

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