Robb Montgomery

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Robb Montgomery
Born 1964
Naperville, Illinois
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist, editor, visual editor, filmmaker, trainer, designer
Known for Founder of Visual Editors

Robb Montgomery is an international journalist based in Berlin Germany and is the author of the IREX Multimedia Education Center [1]- a USAID-funded training facility in Tbilisi, Georgia built for mobile media production.

He is a former newspaper editor,[2] and founder of a social network for journalists, Visual Editors.[3]

He recently developed the mobile reporting training, technology and workflows used by hundreds of Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL) reporters and correspondents.

His media development experience includes authoring curriculum and practicum for editorial filmmaking, social media, writing for the Web, and mobile multimedia programs in Egypt, Georgia, and Bosnia.

He has taught visual editing to graduate students at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and currently contributes as a senior lecturer to the International Academy of Journalism Intajour in Hamburg.

Montgomery has worked as an editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune and led large-scale redesign projects at several publications including the Chicago Sun-Times, Leadership, and The San Francisco Examiner

Early life[edit]

Montgomery was born in Naperville, Illinois in 1964 and currently resides in Berlin, Germany. He began his career as a graphics journalist at the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel in 1990 after graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in journalism. He held a number of editorial positions for newspapers in Florida and Illinois between 1990 and 2005.


Montgomery worked as a newspaper editor and designer from 1990 to 2005 and was a principal editor and the designer of Chicago's Red Streak newspaper [4] that was published by the Chicago Sun-Times starting in October, 2002 as a competitor to the Chicago Tribune's RedEye tabloid.

As a visual editor, he led the 2003 redesign of the Chicago Sun-Times[5] and the 2005 redesign of The San Francisco Examiner.[6] In 2004, he founded Visual Editors, a non-profit that connects and provides educational resources for visual journalists worldwide. In 2005, he redesigned The Examiner newspaper for the San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metro markets.

Montgomery redesigned the business section for The San Jose Mercury News in early 2007.[7]

Since 2007 he has worked with USAID-funded Media Development projects in Egypt and Georgia and developed and produced multimedia training and digital journalism workshops in more than 22 countries.

He recently developed smartphone strategy, training and workflows for Radio Free Europe and Styria Media training their reporters around the world to deliver high quality multimedia from smartphones.

Montgomery is the author of the IREX S.M.A.R.T. Media Lab [8] and mobile-first newsroom center in Tbilisi, Georgia.

He is currently working with "Intajour" (international Journalism Academy) of Hamburg as a professor teaching journalism fellows who report from developing nations where press freedoms are restricted.

Visual Editors[edit]

Working as the group's CEO, Montgomery incorporated the Visual Editors social network in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, positioning the site as an educational exchange for student and professional journalists working in the world's newsrooms. The charity is operated by a volunteer board of directors.[9]

Journalism educator[edit]

Since leaving the Chicago Sun-Times in 2005, Montgomery has worked as a journalism educator for U.S. and foreign media groups including the World Association of Newspapers, Egypt Media Development Group, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, IFRA, INMA, in the U.S., Scandinavia, Asia, the Middle East, Canada and Eastern Europe.


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