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Cornelius Swart


Journalist / Independent Producer

July 2014 - Feb 2015
Director of Content:
  • Led a Portland-based team of 40 reporters, contributors, editors, volunteers, interns and producers through the launch of a new online news website
  • Coordinated the implementation of all publishing and news strategies
  • Managed, edited and recruited contributors
  • Oversaw social media and daily web production
Aug 2013 - June 2014
Online breaking news reporter, digital producer and engagement specialist:
KGW News Channel 8
  • Wrote original breaking news and feature stories for the web
  • Edited content and AP Style and routinely added new and original reporting
  • Managed social media and engagement special projects such as a KGW partnership with local bloggers, Olympic coverage and Live Chats
Feb 2011 - Aug 2013
Online Engagement Specialists:
The Oregonian
  • Developed, evaluated and managed the Oregonian News Network, partnership program between local bloggers and The Oregonian/OregonLive
  • Managed social media and OregonLive homepage
  • Managed engagement projects like Live Chats or the rollout of a new high school prom coverage
  • Contributed to the newspaper’s reporting on Transportation issues and on North Portland
August 2005 - March 2010
Managing Editor/Publisher of The Sentinel:

  • Owned and edited the Portland Sentinel, an award-winning news service covering North and Northeast Portland, Ore
  • Published for 5 years without a retraction
  • Grew circulation from 12,000 to 27,000 units a month with 43,000 unique online visitors
  • Consistently broke news of citywide interest
  • Managed a staff of up to 24 freelancers, volunteers, and interns
  • Early adopter of new media trends like video blogging, podcasting, and user generated content
  • Developed a Drupal based content management system that underwent three generations of design and function upgrades
2005 - Present
Independent Producer and Media Consultant:
Sydhonda Media LLC
  • Contract video producer for the web and public television independently produce documentaries on social issues such as gentrification, transportation alternatives, and clear-cut logging
  • Documentary NorthEast Passage featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting in 2002 and to sold out shows in Portland, sequel currently in production- see
  • Consultant to local governments, newspapers like the Oregonian, non-profits such as We Make the Media/Portland Voice, and community newspapers like the Northwest Examiner
  • Advised groups on how to use new media to maximize reader/public engagement
July to September 2010
Reporter/News Analyst:
  • Staff reporter at the short lived online magazine EnzymePDX founded by former New York Times editor Lew Serviss. Engaged and attracted an audience of highly educated, high-income readers from around the region with intelligent and insightful public affairs reporting on Portland City Hall, the Metro Regional Government, the Oregon Governor’s race
Portsmouth Vision 20/20 Grant Director:
Peninsula CDC
  • Coordinated and implemented projects envisioned by the PV 20/20 steering committee and the Executive Director of the non-profit Peninsula Community Development Corporation
  • Drafted annual project budgets, identified and procured local grants, prepared quarterly reports
  • Created educational program at Portsmouth Middle School using GIS technology and volunteers from CH2M Hill and Portland Green Map
  • Brought together diverse stakeholders from Russian, Latino and Hmong communities to build community-based projects that addressed location needs
  • Worked on committee that developed the protoype for the City’s online civic engagement website now known as
Floor Director, Camera:
KEZI Eugene
  • Performed camera and directing operations for three daily news broadcasts
  • Worked under breaking news situations such as the 1998 Thurston High School shooting in Springfield Ore.
Fundraiser, Office Manager:
Greenpeace USA
  • Assisted with fundraising efforts for regional offices in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles and Vancouver BC
  • Developed and managed fundraising and political campaigns, managed staff at company office in Eugene, Ore.


Created the following Community Events

The St. Johns Posada, 2008-2010 - Latino-inspired Christmas event that attracted vitality to downtown St. Johns while celebrating the area’s ethnic diversity. Built partnerships with minority groups like El Frente Comun, institutions like George Middle School, local business and neighborhood groups and two dozen local businesses

St Johns Bizarre, 2007 [Still extant] – designed to keep residents downtown all day during parade day. Merchants now report that Parade day is the busiest retail day of the year. Built bridge between long-time community residents on the St Johns Parade Committee and new young families moving into the area

Dawson Park Concert Series, 2001 [Still extant] – prevented crime, cleaned up the park and brought positive active uses, celebrated the area’s African American heritage in once troubled North Portland park. Developed stakeholders group that included local churches, community groups, Immanuel Hospital and city agencies.

Awards and recognitions for the Portland Sentinel
  • First Place - Best online coverage, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2009
  • Second Place - Best multimedia feature, SPJ 2009
  • Ranked the 10th most politically influential blog in Portland, City of Portland 2009
  • Third Place - Best religious feature, SPJ 2008
  • Best community newspaper, Willamette Week 2007


1995 Bachelor’s Degree, Film and Television Production: Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, New York University