by Rebecca Fairley Raney
Freelance reporter and editorial data coach, February 2010 to present.
Contributing editor and writer, adjunct university instructor -- July 2000 to December 2009.
The New York Times on the Web -- May 1996 to July 2000.
Conducted intensive coverage of political uses of the Internet, covering the inception of online campaigning and new forms of civic engagement. After July 1997, contributed stories weekly under contract.
The San Bernardino County Sun -- June 1990 to July 1997.
Worked as general assignment reporter specializing in computer-assisted projects. Completed projects that received national awards on flaws in crime and school statistics, the juvenile justice system and an ineffective city code-enforcement system. Job responsibilities included creating the newspaper's computer-assisted reporting program, guiding other reporters' computer-assisted work and training newsroom staff in the use of computers and the Internet.
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin -- February 1988 to June 1990.
Worked as general assignment reporter for 93,000-circulation daily, completing award-winning projects on minority clout in politics, lax enforcement of building codes and questionable business interests influencing medical helicopter service in San Bernardino County, Calif.
The Hemet News -- September 1987 to February 1988.
Worked as school and police reporter for 25,000-circulation newspaper rated as one of the best small dailies in California.
The San Bernardino County Sun -- June 1987 to September 1987.
Worked as intern on a variety of stories, ranging from forest fires to a murder-suicide to a Fourth of July parade.
University of Missouri-Columbia
Graduated magna cum laude in May 1987 with Bachelor of Journalism degree. Member of Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Scholarship Society, granted to students who graduate in the top 10 percent of the class.
Conversant in Access, Excel and ArcView mapping software. Experienced in breaking news with statistical analysis.
Education Writers Association Statistics and Data Boot Camps
Conducted training seminars for journalists on how to use online databases, February 2010 in Phoenix; December 2010 in Chicago; May 3, 2007, and March 2008, Los Angeles.
Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program, Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism
"Technology and News Delivery in the 21st Century," March 10, 2006, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Education Writers Association and Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism
Trained reporters how to research demographics with the U.S. Census, how to use education statistics and how to analyze campaign contributions, March 9-12, 2006, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Congressional Internet Caucus
"Constituent Mail in the Time of Anthrax," March 20, 2002, Washington, D.C.
National Civic League National Conference on Governance
"Politics, Media and the Internet's Impact," November 16, 2001, and "Impact of
Technology on Civic and Political Engagement," November 10, 2000, both in Arlington, Virginia.
University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication
Panel on coverage of political conventions, August 16, 2000, and Online Journalism Conference, March 14, 2000, Los Angeles, California.
The Aspen Institute/American Bar Association
"Campaigns in Cyberspace: The Promise and Practice of Digital Politics," Oct. 13-15, 1999, Wye River Conference Centers, Maryland.
University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Public Policy Center
"Internet News and Online Politics," Jan. 14, 1999, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
The George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management
Politics Online conferences, Dec. 7, 1998, and Dec. 6, 1999, Washington, D.C.
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
"Politics on the Net: A Post-Mortem of the 1998 Elections," Dec. 3, 1998.
Investigative Reporters and Editors/National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting
Taught a class on ArcView mapping software at March 1997 conference.
Taught classes in Paradox software; spoke on the use of statistical analysis in breaking news, September 1995.
Received more than 20 journalism awards since 1988. Was named a top-three finalist for the Livingston Award in 1994 and received first-place awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Best of Gannett, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency of the University of Pennsylvania, the Press Club of Southern California and the Society of Professional Journalists Inland Empire Chapter. Work has been recognized in categories ranging from public service and investigative reporting to political writing and humorous commentary. Served as an invited panelist at Poynter Institute seminar on computer-assisted reporting in 1996.
Received listings in Marquis' "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the West."
Mailing address: 112 Harvard Ave., #134, Claremont, CA 91711