Press Club of Long Island 2010 Media Award Winner — Best News Blog

Experience

EMAIL ME AT: jmolinet@yahoo.com

Vandewater Media, New York, N.Y. – September 2015-July 2016.
As Editorial Director, I oversaw the day-to-day editorial and social media operations for the digital startup News in Brief. I was involved with branding, product, staffing and more for the best news startup around. I was promoted in February after serving as Senior Editor.

New York Daily News, New York, N.Y. – September 2014-September 2015.
Online news editor for one of the largest newspapers in the nation. Breaking news desk. I not only managed a staff, but acted as lead reporter on everything from deadly police shootings, countless protests in NYC and Ferguson, Mo., to plane crashes and train derailments. I also tackled politics, entertainment, sports and various viral social stories. I routinely mined social media platforms such as Twitter and YouTube to turn hidden gems into major hits.

Long Island Pulse Magazine, Patchogue, N.Y. – November 2008-October 2010, June 2013-present.
Contributing writer for Long Island’s full-glossy monthly lifestyle magazine. Started its weekly sports blog, Long Island Sports Buzz. The Press Club of Long Island named it the best news blog of 2010. The magazine named my 2009 feature on mortgage predators one of the best in the publication’s history.

Patch.com, Long Island, N.Y. – September 2010-October 2013.
Regional Editor of 12 Long Island sites for community news champ Patch.com. AOL-owned with a focus on real-time community-based news. I oversaw 10 full-time employees and dozens of contributors. I wore many hats, from training staff and doing payroll to marketing events and social media. Also served as deputy for New York City/LI market, which included more than 50 sites and staff. Met regularly with our publisher and went into the field to help sales staff add accounts. Led several public outreach efforts to help strengthen brand awareness. I’m a four-time Press Club of Long Island award winner.

Early Edition Media, Inc., Huntington, N.Y. – November 2006-present.
Owner and publisher of online media company, focusing on hyper local ventures such as
Friar Sports.com and Pizza LI.com. Company also provided web services under the
banner of Build N Click, from site design and hosting to domain name acquisition.

Newsday, Melville, N.Y. – June-August 1995; September 1996-September 2007.
Staff writer charged with coverage of 130 Long Island high schools. Duties included
writing weekly column for main section and for High Five, Newsday’s weekly high
school sports supplement. Responsible for breaking news and event coverage. Have also
covered, when needed: Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants, Knicks, Islanders, MetroStars and
college football. Part of team coverage of 1998 Goodwill Games. Sports intern during
first stint.

Asbury Park Press, Asbury Park, N.J. – July-August 1996.
Covered track and field events as well as the bombing at 1996 Summer Olympics in
Atlanta. Offered general assignment job.

The Seattle Times, Seattle, Wash. – May 1996.
Covered Brian Blades murder trial in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Finalist for Seattle Seahawks
beat.

The Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – September 1995-August 1996.
Sports correspondent whose duties included coverage of area high schools and Florida
International University basketball.

SF Sports Magazine, Miami, Fla. – January-December 1994.
Editor responsible for day-to-day operation of full-color, regional monthly sports
publication. Conceptualized, assigned, edited and wrote stories. Involved in design and
printing process.

Ibis Yearbook, Coral Gables, Fla. – August 1991-April 1995.
Held several positions, including: managing and sports editors.

The Miami Hurricane, Coral Gables, Fla. – August 1991-February 1995.
Held several positions, including: sports, entertainment and magazine editors.

The Miami Herald, Miami, Fla. – September 1993-August 1994.
Sports correspondent whose duties included coverage of area high schools and University
of Miami athletics. Covered 1994 Fiesta Bowl.

The St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla. – September 1990-May 1991.
Sports correspondent whose duties included coverage of area high schools.

The Powder Horn Press, Largo, Fla. – September 1989-June 1991.
Served as staff writer and sports editor.

Teaching

Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, N.Y.
January-May 2012, January-May 2013, January-May 2014.
Adjunct professor teaching 300-level course on sports writing.

Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
September 2014-January 2015.
Adjunct Instructor for journalism tools course covering the latest techniques for news gathering using an array of publishing platforms.

Awards

Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: First Place — Narrative, Lifestyle Feature, 2015.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Second Place — Neighborhood/Community, 2015.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Third Place — Profile, 2015.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Second Place — Visual, Sports Photo, 2014.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Third Place — Narrative, Sports Feature, 2014.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: First Place — Visual, Sports Photo, 2013.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: First Place — Narrative, Sports News, 2013.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Third Place — Online Photography, 2012.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Third Place — Online Business, 2012.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Third Place — Online Sports, 2012.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: First Place — Online Sports, 2011.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Third Place — Online Photography, 2011.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Third Place — Online Commentary, 2011.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Third Place — Best News Blog, 2011.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Third Place — Magazine features, 2011.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: First Place — Best News Blog, 2010.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Third Place — Magazine features, 2010.
Newsday: Interactive Convergence Award — January 2007.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Second Place — Sports, 2005.
Press Club of Long Island Media Awards: Second Place — Deadline News, 2004.
Long Island Works Coalition Honor Roll: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.

Education

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.
Bachelor of Arts degree in history, minor in news-editorial journalism – May 1996.

Pinellas Park High School, Largo, Fla.
College preparatory degree – June 1991.

Organizations

Society of Professional Journalists
Membership through the Press Club of Long Island.