Shawn Connally

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Shawn Connally is the Director of Digital Media for Maker Media. Her passions for technology and journalism have been serving her well for more than 20 years. She was previously the founding managing editor of both Make and Craft magazines. She has written for many publications, including the Marin Independent Journal, Web Techniques magazine, The Industry Standard, and Quokka Sports, and held leadership production roles at,, and ZDNet. She has been a guest author on the popular Boing Boing blog, was a writer and editor for Web Review, the online magazine for web designers, has edited books (GIF Animation Studio, Makers:), and began her working relationship with O’Reilly as an editor and writer for Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial website.

Connally began working for O’Reilly Media in the mid-1990s, writing for GNN, the Global Network Navigator – the web’s first commercial website. She continued at O’Reilly and worked as deputy editor of Web Review, one of the first weekly zines on the internet. She was hired by sports web company Quokka Sports and worked on two Olympic websites, The Whitbread website, and the official America’s Cup website (as field production manager in New Zealand in 1999-2000). She and her husband, Bruce Stewart, collaborated on a series of articles for ZDNet about living in New Zealand at the turn of the millennium. Besides her work as a journalist and web producer, Connally has worked as a theater and music critic in the Bay Area, and was also a publicist for the record label "Music for Little People".


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