Jason Fry is a writer, editor and digital consultant based (inevitably) in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He is the author of The Jupiter Pirates, a young-adult space-fantasy series, and has written more than 40 books and short stories set in the Star Wars galaxy. Notably the Last Jedi. Besides fiction for adults and young readers, he writes essays and articles about technology, sports, online media, music, travel, history, and anything else that interests him. He also keep my eye on the world of digital publishing, with a particular interest in sports and sportswriting.
He spent nearly 13 years at The Wall Street Journal Online, where he was a columnist, editor and projects guy. In Web years, 13 years is basically forever — or at least long enough to accumulate more than 1,000 bylines and learn a heck of a lot about how journalism works online. His duties included writing daily and weekly columns (“The Daily Fix” and “Real Time,” respectively), editing writers and coaching them to write effectively for the web, serving as WSJ.com’s first blogs guru, and representing the editorial department on numerous projects in partnership with Dow Jones business strategists and software developers. After leaving the Online Journal, he consulted with news organizations for EidosMedia , a maker of cross-media editing-and-publishing software, before hanging out his shingle as a full-time writer and editor.
He has been a baseball blogger at Faith and Fear in Flushing since 2005 and a former adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute, where he spent a year as an ombudsman for ESPN. That role grew out of a weekly digital-sportswriting column he wrote for Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center. He collected 19 of my best NSJC columns (along with new material) as an ebook, Sportswriting in the Digital Age. It’s got lots of practical advice about writing for the web and creating a journalism career in today’s swiftly changing media world.