The Maine Monitor has added a part-time production editor to its growing staff. Wendy Almeida, who has more than two decades of experience in journalism, website management and product development, will oversee digital production for The Maine Monitor.
Wendy started as a digital content producer in 1999 with MaineToday.com, the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram’s first digital iteration aimed at producing the newspaper online. She wrote blogs, produced videos and helped build a niche audience for parents wanting to explore the outdoors with children. Her column “Kidtracks” ran every month for 10 years in the Maine Sunday Telegram.
In 2009, she was tasked to build a new niche product for the Press Herald’s API Newspaper Next initiative (a forward-thinking project started by the American Press Institute to help newspaper companies identify and test new business models). Wendy helped develop a website that included functionality for community blogging and interactive calendar tools to build an online community with a companion print magazine (a reversal from the print-to-online model of that time). Raising Maine developed a niche audience of Maine families and served as a model for the newspaper’s future specialty products.
Wendy’s expertise in digital-first content led to a move into the Press Herald’s features department to develop better cross-functional collaboration of content in the newsroom. She also served as interim features editor for more than a year.
In 2016, she accepted a role as the editorial project manager for a global nonprofit focused on healthcare technology. She worked with editorial staff to develop story packages with data visualizations and created new newsletter products during her tenure at HIMSS. She then moved to the industry-leading digital marketing editorial brands Search Engine Land, MarTech Today and Marketing Land to help develop content on topics related to digital marketing, SEO and analytics. Her focus was to build a community that educates the digital marketing community through articles, videos and virtual events.
In her free time, Wendy enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, cross country skiing and spending time outside with her family and friends.