Within the Miami Herald Media Company and beyond, Jane Wooldridge is recognized for initiating new approaches and organizing their implementation.
Executive Business Editor, Miami Herald Media Company
Since 2009, Jane Wooldridge has overseen staff, content strategy and budget for the Miami Herald Media Company’s business editorial projects in print and multimedia, including enterprise projects for Page One, the weekly Business Monday magazine and the daily pages. She works with advertising, marketing and event marketing divisions to develop new content solutions, including live events. Under her leadership, the Miami Herald Media Company has added a Business Plan Bootcamp, 20 Under 40 annual issue and live seminars on real estate and the local economy.
In addition, Jane oversees the Miami Herald’s coverage of visual arts, art museums and Art Basel Miami Beach. She also edits the annual Art Basel issue of Indulge magazine. She also leads development of niche newsroom products.
Vice chair, SATW Foundation
Jane Wooldridge was invited to join the board of the SATW Foundation in 2010 after winning dual awards for Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and Best Newspaper Travel section in 2009. She has since been elected vice chairman and works with chair David Molyneaux on strategic planning, fund-raising and promotion for the foundation that oversees the travel industry’s most prestigious honors, the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.
Travel Editor, The Miami Herald
For a decade, Jane Wooldridge served as editor of the Miami Herald Media Company’s award-winning travel coverage in newspaper, magazines, online, interactive consumer show and broadcast.
Founder, Knight-Ridder Travel Editors Group
Jane Wooldridge initiated the Knight-Ridder Travel Editors Group to leverage skills and knowledge across Knight-Ridder’s 31 newspapers and provide new revenue opportunities through group sales. To do so, she obtained financing from the Knight-Ridder corporate office, then networked with editors at all newspapers to create four projects annually that were chosen and managed by group members. Projects included series and single issues that could be presented to advertisers as a group buy. Wooldridge acted as liaison between the group and corporate management, handling the budget and administration, from the group’s inception in 2002 until Knight-Ridder’s sale to McClatchy in 2006.
Chair, SATW Travel Editors Council
Jane Wooldridge served from 2004-2006, handling negotiation for the group’s annual professional development conference, enlisting volunteers and leading creation of new formats and standards for the group’s annual professional development conferences and drawing new members from all media.
Director, Society of American Travel Writers
Jane Wooldridge served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2004-2006, guiding the effort to revamp the organization’s in-house publication. She remains involved in committees dedicated to membership qualification and professional development.
Professional Development co-chair, 2009 International Convention of the Society of American Travel Writers
For the 2009 SATW Convention in Guadalajara, Mexico, Jane Wooldridge worked with co-chairs Laura Davidson, CEO of LDPR travel public relations firm, and freelance writer / photographer David Swanson to create a robust multi-day program to help members sharpen journalism skills in print and multimedia and help them boost their businesses through promotion and strategic positioning.
Program chair, Travel Editors Council
Jane Wooldridge served as program chair for SATW’s Editors Council’s 2003 conference, arranging professional development speakers and panels for the two-day conference, and creating a new format for sharing challenges and solutions among editors.
Executive Producer / Executive Editor, Destination Florida
Jane Wooldridge hired, trained and managed staff in three cities as she led creation of this pioneering editorial travel website. She served as a member of the company’s strategic team, coordinating with leadership within Destination Florida and with corporate parents Knight-Ridder and Tribune Cos. and the joint-venture’s seven sister newspapers in Florida. Duties included site conception and implemention; creative oversight; budget and staff administration with paid and volunteer staffs; selection and coordination of freelancers; and publication on both the World Wide Web and America Online.