My name is Amy Zerba (pronounced ZER-bah). I am a copy editor at The New York Times in Manhattan, where I edit stories for the web and print. I am a hybrid journalist — my journalism experience is rooted in print yet I have completely embraced the web, mobile journalism and social media.
When I’m not working, I research and write about young people (ages 18-29) and how they learn about the news — from print to online to social media.
I follow technology news, am a cheerleader for cool start-ups, and find zen in a good cup of hot chai tea. I build websites and teach myself software for instructional purposes and for fun. I’m fascinated by the beauty of data visualization and what our smartphones can do. Silly, yes, but with the right company, it makes for enjoyable conversations. I have an affinity for video stories that move me emotionally but, more importantly, tell stories about interesting people. I often get lost in thought about this and that. I have the occasional bruises from running into things to prove it.
I enjoy learning about anything, really. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, a master’s in journalism (all from the University of Florida) and a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
I am presently starting a web design company for small businesses. I am still in the beginning stages — even with the name. But through the company, I connect my journalism experience with graphic design to tell the stories of companies. I host all the sites using a third-party host provider. Stay tuned for more on the business.
I’m pretty easy to reach. You can write me at: amyzerba [at] gmail [dot] com
See what I’m reading (on delicious): amyzerba
Read what I’m thinking about (on Twitter): @amyzerba
And watch any of my software tutorials (on YouTube): amyzerba28