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Jeff Hertrick

National Press Foundation
Director, Digital Strategy
Shepherdstown WV

Before AIDS was called AIDS, or HIV, I wrote stories for the Pittsburgh Gay News magazine about the 'mystery disease affecting gay men' in 1982 and 1983. That was when I had the stamina to hold more than one job at a time. I spent nearly nearly 40 years as a journalist, before landing my current job.
At the National Press Foundation, we provide no-cost journalism training for reporters in the U.S. and around the world through expenses-paid fellowships. Since 2021, we've held in-person training in Washington, DC, Chicago, Cleveland, OH, San Diego, CA, Austin and McAllen, TX, Raleigh, NC and Singapore. Upcoming fellowships are planned for Madison, WI and Charlotte, NC. We are currently recruiting for our Widening the Pipeline fellowship for U.S.-based journalists for POC. Ask me for details.
I joined the National Press Foundation in 2020 following more than 17 years at National Geographic where I held a variety of roles, including Director of News & Documentary Digital Video, Director of Digital Media Operations and Senior Producer. Prior to that I was a broadcast journalist spanning 20 years in Washington, DC, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, twice a television news director, and I anchored, reported and produced in both TV and radio.
I also taught video journalism at the Medill School of Journalism (Northwestern University) and West Virginia University.
At National Geographic, I worked with U.S. and international journalists, delivering video stories covering wildlife, the changing global climate, history, science and culture. I managed National Geographic’s launch of its YouTube Channel in 2006, and over my career, produced and led diverse storytelling, from a National Science Foundation funded 16-part video series on effects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to National Geographic’s first video series from Iran.
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