About Susan Older
OLDER, SUSAN is an independent journalist and founder of Displaced Journalists, a website, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (DPJournalists) community of more than 2,500 journalists affected in varioius ways by the ongoing upheaval in the newspaper business. The site is designed to provide resources, advice, support, training, job-search and new-venture strategies for journalists who find themselves adrift in these tough economic times. Many are faced with reinventing themselves, learning new multimedia digital skills, being asked to write for little or nothing, or looking for a job outside of their chosen profession. Susan is hoping the upswing in favor of paywalls yields an environment in which journalists will again be paid fairly for their work. If that happens, she has a plan that could make use of mobile devices and location-based, app-driven technology to get journalists working on a global scale. This plan is outlined on DisplacedJournalists.com in her post, "Real World Media: The Reinvention of Journalism."
Susan is also volunteering her skills in communications and social media to the Global Fund for Women.
She does editorial strategy consulting, writing, and editing through her company, Real World Media. Susan has served as a founding editor of USA Today, managing editor of The Gannett New Media Group, founding editor of Inter@ctive Week magazine (now part of the Ziff-Davis publication eWeek), editor-in-chief of United Press International and executive editor of Globalvision News Network. She is known as a new media pioneer and has been editorial director for a variety of online ventures.
Susan is co-author of "The Information Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa," a monograph commssioned by the RAND corporation in 2003.
She worked for Apple retail for two and a half years as a specialist and One-to-One customer trainer, resigning in October 2009 to return to journalism.
Susan has an undergraduate degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in journalism. She has lived and worked in Northern Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kansas, Montana, Maine, Long Island, Manhattan (West Village), Los Angeles, Raleigh and Boston. She now lives just outside D.C. in Falls Church, Virginia.
- Occupation: Founder and Owner
- Organization: Displaced Journalists
- Location: Falls Church, VA 22046 USA
- Website: http://www.displacedjournalists.com/
- Twitter: SODigital, DPJournalists
- Facebook: Susan Older, Displaced Journalists
- Skype: susanolder (Call me!)
- AOL Instant Messenger: TMFdigitaldiva
- Google Talk: Susan Older
- Was accepted for May 16-21 2010 Multimedia Training.
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Content on this site written by Susan Older (includes contributory writing):
- Berkeley Acupuncture Project
- “Most acupuncturists in the US treat patients on tables in isolated rooms. This is not traditional in Asia, where acupuncture usually occurs in a community setting. Treatments are simple and ...