Kerry J. Northrup is a career journalist, editorial technologist and international media manager with a knack for finding new ways of doing news. He is Executive News Experience Producer at The Newsplexer Projects l3c — a craft news studio that designs massive-media news experiences and produces significant journalism while prototyping new ways of doing news.
For more than 30+ years working with nearly three dozen newsrooms in more than 20 countries, Northrup has helped lead the media into their online future and ushered digital tools into the hands of thousands of journalists. He conceived, funded and built the US$2.5 million Newsplex model newsroom at the University of South Carolina for research, demonstration and training newspapers and broadcasters in convergent print-video-online-mobile newshandling.
The Newsplexer Projects now advances the Newsplex legacy with a series of massive-media editorial productions designed to change the way significant journalism is done, especially to engage essential millennial and post-millennial news participants. Each project is a platform for developing new ways of doing news and launching bands of fusion journalists into the new mainstream media.
Northrup’s prior career includes serving as Director of Publications at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the inaugural Turner Multimedia Professor at Western Kentucky University, a founding board member of the Global Editors Network, originator of the Media Scenarios Project using scenario mapping methods to envision the future of the news business, and executive producer of the Telly Award-winning “Tomorrow’s News” concept video depicting multichannel news operations. He has worked as a reporter, writer, designer, multimedia producer, editor and executive at a variety of U.S. newspapers, magazines and broadcasters include several posts at The St. Petersburg Times and a corporate position at Gannett. He is also a former Naval officer, navigator and nuclear weapons security officer.