Joining Publish2: Ryan Sholin, Greg Linch and Howard Weaver

Today we’re announcing three major additions to the Publish2 team — journalists whose stellar reputations speak for themselves:

Here’s a deeper dive on the news:

You may know Ryan Sholin from his widely read and respected blog, Invisible Inkling, where he dishes out insights on the future of news. You may know him as a co-founder of WiredJournalists, a community of over 3,000 journalists helping each other learn and invent the future of news. You may know him as a winner of a Knight News Challenge Grant for ReportingOn, a backchannel for beat journalists to help each other report, and for his posts at Idea Lab. Or you may know him as the Director of Community Site Publishing at GateHouse Media, where he trained hundreds of journalists to succeed on the Web. And, of course, you may be one of his many Twitter followers.

However you know Ryan, you know how much he has done to help journalists innovate, learn, collaborate, and excel. We can’t think of anyone better to do the same for the community of journalists and newsrooms using Publish2 and to play a pivotal role in developing our platform to help journalism survive and thrive in the digital age.

When you look at what Greg Linch has accomplished, it’s hard to believe he’s only now graduating from the University of Miami. As Editor in Chief of the Miami Hurricane, Greg led a complete redesign of the site on WordPress, which included a major shift to breaking news on the web and multimedia reporting. It’s no surprise that Greg is also the Community Director and Core Team Member of CoPress, which is working to create a better technical ecosystem for college news online through community, technical and hosting solutions. Greg has interned at The Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and he’ll be interning this summer (before joining us) at the Dallas Morning News. He’s also a highly accomplished multimedia reporter, with projects like Special Olympics Live. Greg has been blogging since 2007 at The Linchpen about online journalism and journalism education, and is co-administrator and contributor to the international blogging ring of young journalists, Tomorrow’s News, Tomorrow’s Journalists. Greg is also an active member of the Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Press Association, and the Society for News Design. Honors and awards include 2009 Poynter Fellowship for College Journalists, and University of School of Communication Award and Print Journalism Awards (top undergad and top j-student). Phew… Check out Greg’s resume for everything I’ve left out (and Greg on Twitter!).

We received many fantastic entries in our Future of Journalism Contest, and there was a great deal of talent among the top ten finalists. But we jumped at the chance to hire Greg (here’s his winning entry). In everything he does, Greg helps journalism evolve into the future. When he joins Publish2 in the fall, Greg will be telling stories of innovation and helping journalists learn how to use the tools that can help them succeed.

Howard Weaver is of one of the great champions of public service journalism. He served as Vice President, News at The McClatchy Company from 2001-2009, capping a 30-year tenure with the company. In that position he was the chief news executive overseeing 30 daily and more than 50 weekly newspapers, extensive digital and web properties and reporters working in Washington and around the globe. He is a member of the American Society of News Editors and has six times served as a Pulitzer Prize juror. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford. Howard twice led the Anchorage Daily News to Pulitzer Prizes; he wrote the stories for which the paper won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service, and was editor and a lead writer on the project for which the paper again won the prize in 1989. He was one of three reporters whose coverage of the Alaska Teamsters Union during construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline won the award in 1976. Howard blogs on journalism at Etaoin Shrdlu and other topics at Quantum Dice; his Twitterstream is @howardweaver.

Howard has been inspiring and guiding our Digital Sunlight initiative. He shares our vision that the future of journalism will combine the power of digital and collaborative technologies with the enduring qualities of professional journalism. We are very fortunate to have his guidance on our Board of Directors.

Publish2 builds technology to enable the future of journalism, but our core belief is that people — journalists — empowered by technology, are the key to that future. That’s why we’re so excited to have such talented people join our team to work with our community of journalists and newsrooms.