Digital Journal announces Board of Advisers

January 19th, 2010 by Chris Hogg Leave a reply » made a big announcement today so I’m posting it here for all those interested:

Digital Journal, Inc., a leader in social news and citizen journalism, is pleased to announce the formation of a Board of Advisers.

The Board will provide expertise to the company’s management team to spearhead new initiatives to grow Digital Journal’s global media presence. The advisers are highly renowned experts in a range of fields, including new media, online journalism and venture capital.

DigitalJournal is a news network made up of more than 21,000 journalists, mainstream reporters and bloggers who report from 175 countries around the world.

“We’re very happy to have such an experienced and prolific group of individuals on our Board of Advisers,” says Chris Hogg, CEO of Digital Journal, Inc. “We’ve developed an international contributor base and readership, and we’re moving forward to develop new revenue channels and technologies. Along with our Board of Advisers, Digital Journal is poised for strong growth in 2010.”

The board is made up of the following individuals: Jack Kapica, Andrew Waitman, Jen Evans, Kerry Munro and Dr. Michael Geist.

Digital Journal is currently exploring syndication and strategic partnership opportunities, as the company is often approached by organizations looking to tap into the growing citizen journalism field.

Recognized as a pioneer in the citizen-media industry, Digital Journal is often praised for its quality reportage and unique approach to citizen journalism. Journalists are paid for their work through a unique revenue-sharing program. They are taught how to report news, and on-staff editors work hand-in-hand with reporters around the world to fact-check, verify and source stories.

For syndication, strategic partnership or investment opportunities, please contact Chris Hogg, CEO, Digital Journal Inc. // Website Contact // Tel: (416) 410-9675

About is a citizen media site where writers from across the world work with seasoned professional reporters. The company has been recognized as a pioneer in citizen journalism, and the news reportage has been heralded as quality journalism. Contributors known as “Digital Journalists” work 24/7 to report news from multiple perspectives, while special attention is placed on quality and accuracy.

Digital Journal Board of Advisers:

Chairing the Board of Advisers is Jack Kapica, a journalist and editor with more than 40 years experience. Kapica has been a staff writer and editor for The Gazette in Montreal before moving to The Globe and Mail in 1975, where he edited a section of the paper devoted to popular culture.

Jack also contributed to Digital Journal magazine between 2001 and 2007. Over his years at the Globe, Jack contributed to virtually every beat from literary criticism to religion, news and technology. He has been Books Editor, editor of the Letters to the Editor page, and World Editor for the week-in-review Focus section.

In 1985, he published a collection of the best letters printed by the Globe, in a book called Shocked and Appalled: A Century of Letters to The Globe and Mail. Jack helped train Globe reporters when the newspaper became computerized in 1977, and purchased his first computer in 1981.

From 1996 to 1999, Jack wrote many high-tech features as well as a weekly column called Cyberia for the print paper. He also regularly reviewed new products and software.

In 2001, he became the lead technology columnist and reporter for the technology section of the paper’s website,

Jack left the Globe in 2008.

Andrew Waitman is Chief Executive Officer of Pythian and Managing Partner of Blackswan Ventures, an angel technology investment firm.

From 1996 to 2008, Andrew was the Managing Partner of Celtic House Venture Partners, the largest and most successful IT venture fund in Canada, with more than $500-million under management.

He has been involved with more than 75 start-ups and a board member of more than 25 technology start-ups. His current boards include Fidus Systems and Pythian. Andrew has previously served on the boards of DNA13, Third Brigade, ModaSolutions, Diablo Technologies, Overlay.TV, TrialStat, Memsic (IPO on Nasdaq), Sandvine (IPO on TSE), OctigaBay (acquired by Cray), FastLane Technologies (acquired by Quest Software), Pixstream (acquired by Cisco), Abatis (acquired by Redback), OLAP@Work (acquired by Business Objects), BlueArc, Avesta Technologies (acquired by Visual Networks), Orchestream (IPO on LSE) and Ubiquity Software (acquired by Avaya). He sits on the advisory Board of Genesys Capital and the volunteer Board of SHAD Valley. Prior to Celtic House Andrew held senior positions at Eagle & Partners (now Dundee Securities), Citibank and Nortel.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Jen Evans is the founder and chief strategist at Sequentia Environics, a customer communications agency ranked as Canada’s 24th (2005) and 27th (2004) fastest-growing emerging company by PROFIT magazine.

She joined the board of ITAC in 2009 and has been the co-chair of the White Ribbon and was a contributor to The Globe and Mail‘s online tech edition for seven years. since 2005, and also sits on RedFlagDeals’ advisory board. Jen writes a column on business and technology for

Jen has been talking tech on BNN (formerly Report on Business Television) since 1999, and appears in the Technology in the Workplace segment on Jen and Sequentia Environics are pioneers in the world of community and social media, developing revenue-focused social content programs as far back as 1999.

They developed their first community program for Intel in 2004, and current social media and community clients include Yahoo!, TD Canada Trust, Palm, Coca-Cola Canada, Autodesk, and Bell Enterprise. Sequentia Environics’ groundbreaking social measurement methodology, based on customer ethnography, analytics and primary research, has helped more than 40 enterprises establish their social and community strategy and measure success.

Kerry Munro is former head of Yahoo! Canada. Over the past two decades Kerry has led and advised organizations on how to experience hyper growth by leveraging consumer behaviour and demystifying technology as a means to connect with consumers, build a digital brand, and increase revenues and shareholder value.

Recently he was the head of Yahoo! Canada, where it became the fastest-growing and best-performing business unit in Yahoo! worldwide, achieving annual double-to-triple-digit growth over four years and creating connections with more than 19 million Canadians monthly.

Kerry has been recognized as one of Canada’s top influential marketers. He advises executives, boards, growth companies and charitable organizations, and is sought after contributor to national news organizations.

Dr. Michael Geist is a professor of law at the University of Ottawa, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.

Michael is an internationally syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and the BBC. Michael serves on the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Expert Advisory Board, on the Canadian Digital Information Strategy’s Review Panel, the Electronic Frontier Foundation Advisory Board, and on the Information Program Sub-Board of the Open Society Institute.

Michael has received numerous awards for his work including the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009; the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008; Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada; and he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2003.

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