Sharon Machlis

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I've been an online content pioneer since before the World Wide Web, setting up a news BBS as early as 1987 -- and I've been learning, experimenting, and sharing my knowledge ever since.

Work History

Executive Editor, Online & Data Analytics at Computerworld. Lead innovation and editorial productivity efforts, including data projects, editorial tools, and analytics.

Support colleagues on data journalism projects, helping with data cleaning, analysis, and presentation as well as writing and editing. Write and edit general news and features, such as how-to pieces on learning R.

Develop analytics strategies for the editorial department, work with design and development teams on major site projects, develop interactive databases and maps for the site, and code staff tools that improve communication and boost efficiencies. Developed story planner with customized views and e-mail alerts now used by more than 90 writers and editors on three continents.

Proficient in R and use that statistical programming language for investigative journalism projects as well as analyzing Web data. Have taught data skills at workshops hosted by Investigative Reporters & Editors, Boston University, and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE).

Co-winner of the 2014 ASBPE National Gold Award for Impact/Investigative Online Excellence (see story) and the ASBPE national gold for best how-to article (see story).

Helped lead Computerworld's transition from a print-centric to Web-focused editorial team, providing skills training and implementing key cultural and process changes. I've been a full-time online editor since 1999.

Joined Computerworld as a senior writer covering computer security and federal technology issues. Promoted to senior editor and online news editor before becoming online managing editor in 2000. During that time, has won almost every major editorial online award in business-to-business journalism, including ASBPE best Web site, MIN best of the Web, and the Jesse H. Neal Award for best Web site.

Senior Editor/News, Design News. Edited news section for 175,000-circulation twice-monthly engineering magazine. Wrote news and feature articles about technologies of interest to design engineers. Served on corporate committee that developed the division's first serious entry on the Web.

Won Jesse H. Neal Certificate of Merit for best feature article, "Engineering, Soviet Style," as well as a Cahners Publishing Company Gold Medal of Excellence for best technical article, "How to Measure Computer Performance."

High-Technology Columnist, The Middlesex News (now the MetroWest Daily News). Covered computer, biotechnology, and other high-tech news for 45,000-circulation daily newspaper in the Boston suburbs, bringing technology news to a general newspaper audience. Developed and operated a computer bulletin-board service where anyone with a PC and modem could leave message and read highlights from the paper. Also served as one of three newsroom network managers, assisting colleagues with technical problems and training reporters to use new technology.

Business Editor, The Middlesex News. One of 22 business journalists from around the nation chosen for a Davenport Fellowship four-week intensive program at the University of Missouri-Columbia in accounting, banking, economics, financial analysis, and writing. Joined the newspaper as a local reporter and later served as business/consumer writer.


B.A. in political science with communications concentration from the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University). Completed the usual four-year program in three years. Graduated with honors and elected to Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Graduate-level computer programming course at Framingham State College.

Several continuing education online programming courses via the University of Illinois in Perl, PHP, and MySQL.

Technical Skills

R, PHP, HTML, MySQL, Photoshop, Lightroom. Basic jQuery, Ruby, video editing.

Interests and Hobbies

Amateur radio -- Hold an extra-class license (call sign KC1YR). Have operated on the air from the former Soviet Union (Russia and Belarus) and ex-Yugoslavia (Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina) as well as the U.S., Canada, and Iceland. Published several feature articles in QST, the magazine of the U.S. national amateur radio organization, as well as CQ-ZRS (Slovenia's national ham-radio magazine) and Bosnia's Radio T9.

Honored by the Radio Association of Bosnia & Herzegovina for "extraordinary contribution to transmitting of humanitarian messages" during the 1992-95 war; profiled in the Sarajevo daily newspaper Oslobodjenje for that work.

Photography (see my photos accepted to the 2011 Greater Lynn International exhibition).