This page contains professional background on Art Lenehan. That's me. It's here to help people who are interested in working with me or need to know more about me. I have a lot of experience building interactive content for the web, particularly ambitious multimedia and interactive video projects. Also a lot of experience as a writer and editor of complex editorial material, especially investigative material. I am an expert manager of UX/UI oriented projects and an expert programmer of interactive content, having managed a good many complex projects for organizations like Microsoft and TheStreet.com. Bio below includes list of national awards I and my teams have won. Most relate to interactive content involving text, video, photos and graphics working together.

It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.

-- Edwards Deming

Expertise


Experience

October, 2014 to present:   UX lead and partner at Message & Code, a company that produces web-driven interactive data for communications clients.

February, 2012 to present:   UX lead and partner at Kinnective, a web startup that offers an updated approach to bookmarks management, emphasizing easy access on mobile devices and direct collaboration with others in the mapping of valuable web resources. Wrote most of a complex, ajax-driven interface in JQuery Mobile.

June, 2010 to March, 2012: Director of Product Development, TheStreet.com, guiding design and technical specs on all of the site's web products.TheStreet.com is one of the nation's largest financial news sites. Special responsibility for development of new approaches to multimedia, interactive video, and interactive charts. Responsibility for business analysis on new products and coordination with tech team re the build process.

April, 2006 to May, 2009:   Managing Editor, MSN Money, and project manager on several ambitious multimedia development projects. Developed several breakthrough video and multimedia platforms for Microsoft, quadrupling user engagement over the norm for the network. Led the team that engineered MSN's first use of Flash video at MSN. Built a desktop-based video studio in midtown Manhattan, fully replicating broadcast functionality at a fraction of the cost. Hired and trained a new multimedia team. One staffer crisscrossed China with a video camera in a knapsack, documenting the rise of the Chinese middle class in "Keeping Up with the Wangs," a project that won the Loeb Award for online content in 2008. A follow-up project, "Middle Class Crunch," won the Loeb in 2009.

Jan to March, 2006:   Internet consultant at the New York Daily News. Developed a plan to rebuild the web presence of the country's fifth largest newspaper.

2001 to 2006:    Managing Editor, The Record, New Jersey. Supervision of a news staff of 250 at the newspaper that dominated investigative coverage and editorial awards at the state level despite competition from a rival three times its size. Led a data-driven continuous improvement effort in the newsroom. In 2005, the newspaper produced a web-based multimedia investigative project entitled Toxic Legacy. In recognizing this project with a gold medal, its highest award, the national Society of Investigative Reporters and Editors called the project a "landmark work" and added:

"This work stood out not only for its exhaustive reporting and clear writing, but for its riveting multimedia presentation, which set a standard to which larger publications and broadcast outlets should aspire."

1995 to 2000:    Assistant Managing Editor, Electronic-News, The Star-Ledger, New Jersey: Planned and led one of the nation's most aggressive and most successful media convergence efforts, integrating TV, web, and print coverage at News12 New Jersey, njo.com, and the Star-Ledger. Built low-cost system to automate Star-Ledger news feeds to the web. Trained print reporters for live on-air reports and coordinated their efforts with TV staff.


Awards


Education

Columbia College, New York, BA English (National Merit Scholar)

Regis High School, New York



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