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Hi, I'm Rodney Gibbs

I’m a media entrepreneur and journalism executive. I help newsrooms expand audiences, diversify revenue and develop engaging products.In 2021, I joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as its senior director of strategy and innovation. I created AJC Live, an events program that convenes Atlantans for vital community conversations with people like futurist Amy Webb, U.S. cabinet secretaries and local elected officials. I also lead AJC's newsletters, video, podcasting and AI initiatives.From 2012 to 2020, I was The Texas Tribune’s first chief product officer. Joining the company in its start-up days, I helped grow the Tribune into one of the most innovative newsrooms in the country and a paragon of sustainable digital journalism. In 2020, I launched Revenue Lab, a training and resource center within the Tribune. Coupling the Tribune’s revenue playbook with best practices from other newsrooms around the world, RevLab has helped hundreds of news organizations develop revenue and audience-generating products and practices.I cut my teeth in product development as a designer and producer of videogames and websites. After serving as a senior producer of projects for Disney, Mattel and Nickelodeon, to name a few, I branched out on my own. I co-founded — and later sold — two start-ups. We created mobile apps and games for Electronic Arts, NASCAR, Lollapalooza and The BBC, among others. I began my media career writing for TV shows. (A personal highlight was hearing Tim Curry read my lines.)I’m a board member of the Online News Association, the world’s largest digital journalism association; The Current, a watchdog news organization focused on Georgia’s coastal communities; and the Rialto Center for the Arts, Georgia State's performing arts center.In the past, I served on the boards of KLRU (Austin’s PBS affiliate), KUT/KUTX (Austin’s NPR affiliate), The Austin Film Society, The International Game Developers Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.I live in Atlanta with my wife, Nancy Mims, an inspiring artist. We have two kids, who crack me up and make me proud.

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