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WNN - The (Baltimore) Afro-American - Interviews

William Parschalk

Online Web Editor

William Parschalk graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2007 with a B.A. in Writing Seminars and a certificate in Digital Media. He served his undergraduate newspaper as Editor-in-Chief. After graduation, he taught English for 16 months in Nagoya, Japan.

Parschalk began working for the AFRO-American Newspapers in 2009 as a member of the web staff. In March 2010, the AFRO launched a new website for their readers that he has managed and expanded. He has a long-running interest in media’s role in the community and the process behind creating D.I.Y. publications, both in print and online.

[MD 0301] - Part 1: Introduction and Contribution (4:30)

William Parschalk, online web editor, www.afro.com, The Afro-American, got hooked on journalism after he and a classmate published their own “zine” in high school. Parschalk says The Afro represents a “unique viewpoint,” and it has “a long sense of history and tradition.”

[MD 0302] - Part 2: Skills (3:40)

William Parschalk, online web editor, www.afro.com, The Afro-American, says he spends a lot of his time “problem solving,” trying to serve a complex community some of whom may not be digitally-enabled to receive the Afro’s website.

[MD 0303] - Part 3: Adaptation & the Future (4:00)

William Parschalk, online web editor, www.afro.com, The Afro-American, says the key question he is confronting is how to build The Afro a consistent revenue stream from the Internet, and he sees new opportunities in the growing range of mobile digital delivery platforms.