David Johnson is the principal and founder of Sextant Media, a full-service consulting agency for multimedia, technology and communications that works with clients ranging from Fortune 500 media companies to small non-profits and associations.
From 2005 to 2013, he was an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of Communication, where he taught courses in online journalism, visual media, technology and programming, interactive storytelling and games. He pursued research interests that included social networking and media, behavioral economics and serious applications of game technology. He was the editor-in-chief of The American Observer.
Johnson is a longtime blogger on the media and technology. He was one of the original bloggers at lostremote.com, covering a variety of topics and offering strategic insights on the future we’re in currently. He now contributes to the Poynter Institute’s e-media tidbits blog, PBS MediaShift, and the Huffington Post. He is frequently interviewed by the media and often quoted about digital culture, social media, online journalism and other topics.
Johnson served as Chief Technology Officer of Scripps Media Center in Washington DC, home to Scripps Howard News Service, where he managed and directed technology and new media, launching the online community of news and current events ScrippsNews.com. He produced the multimedia community web platform that accompanied the Meyer Award winning “Saving Babies” project.
As Executive Producer and Online Editor of TCPalm.com, Johnson brought one of the first live-streaming television station Web sites online (www.wptv.com) and was part of the original launch team that won the NAA Digital Edge Award for Best News Site in the first year of operation, 1998. Johnson directed cross-property coverage of major news events including hurricanes and natural disasters, the Clinton investigation, space launches, and sporting events including Superbowls and spring training. In 1999, he launched one of the first ever interactive vodcasts with “Fighting Monday,” a ground-breaking live streaming video and chat program.
Johnson served several years on the New Media Committee and Broadcasting Task Force at the National Press Club. His media and technology consulting firm Sextant Media publishes multiple niche and community sites, including the popular Capitol Hill hyperlocal site The Hill is Home.
Johnson has a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Nautical Archaeology, and has consulted in a number of documentary projects in that topic area. He is a board member of the Institute of Maritime History, and has participated in and directed underwater excavation projects in various countries around the world.
Johnson co-created, wrote and produced the original audio theater drama serial “Hayward Sanitarium,” which originally aired on NPR and is still broadcast in syndication and is available online. The on location and studio methods employed in the digital audio production and editing were pioneering in the mid 90s.
This is his personal Web site. He can be reached at daj (at) davidandrewjohnson.com.