The digital home of Justinian Hatfield

About Me

I'm a newspaper web geek
 
Father, Fiets Fan, and Fermentor

From the moment I stepped into the Fort Lewis College Independent’s newsroom, I knew what I wanted to do. The next semester I was the Editor-In-Chief. Over the next few years, we had a great time pointing out hypocrisy and wrongdoings of the student government and various school officials.

After college, I took a job at the Durango Herald working the night shift. I designed pages and worked as the ambulance chaser covering accidents and fires.

I moved back to Denver and took a job as a reporter/calendar clerk/page designer for what was then Jeffco Publishing CO. In 1999-2000, our newspaper still didn't have a Web site, so I picked up a bargain-bin copy of an HTML 4 book and hand coded www.jeffconews.com.

Fast-forward a few years and I was the New Media Manager, in charge of two Web sites and al of the company’s Information Technology needs.

In 2005, the company went through a rebranding and we introduced www.milehighnews.com. At the same time, we introduced a citizen journalism site, www.mymilehighnews.com. As far as I know, we were the only weekly newspaper in the state, and one of only a handful of dailies, that was experimenting with the citizen journalism concept.

In August of 2006, I accepted a position with The Bakersfield Californian, as a Product Manager for the Bakomatic social networking/publishing platform.


In 2008, I was promoted to Senior Product Manager and managed the development and maintenance of the Californian's network of social media sites.

In 2012, I accepted a position with Swift Communications and now manage the design and development resources for all our Websites.