WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2012 – KMD Media LLC, the publisher of the award-winning magazine Homeland Security Today, is pleased to announce the formation of a new Multimedia Division led by veteran journalist and digital media specialist, Dan Verton.
The new division will spearhead Homeland Security Today’s digital strategy, designed to provide readers with flexible, innovative ways to access and share content anywhere, at any time and on any device. It also positions the homeland security market’s leading media enterprise to provide advertisers with rich, multi-platform customer engagement solutions that go beyond static print and Web advertisements.
“The new Multimedia Division will immediately position Homeland Security Today for the future of content delivery and advertiser customer engagement,” said Kimberley Hanson-Brown, publisher of Homeland Security Today. “Readers are already demanding more than a print magazine, driven by the growth of social networks, mobile platforms and device-independent access technologies. And advertisers want deeper customer interactions,” said Hanson-Brown. “This new division, led by a seasoned journalist with professional technology experience, maintains our ‘lead from the front’ philosophy.”
Homeland Security Today’s Multimedia Division will be led by veteran, award-winning journalist Dan Verton. A winner of the First Place Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for Best News Reporting — the highest award in the nation for business/trade journalism – Verton brings a solid journalism background to the new digital media landscape.
Since 2004, Verton has worked as a professional videographer, animator and Web producer, and has led numerous multimedia productions in support of various Department of Homeland Security programs and security consulting firms. His state-of-the-art video, 3D animation, interactive Web productions, mobile and social media campaigns have been leveraged for training, education and marketing purposes by major companies and government agencies involved in homeland security. Some of his post-9/11 programs have involved high-risk counterterrorism productions at security-sensitive locations throughout the U.S. and have involved the creation of detailed 3D models and animations of critical infrastructure.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Homeland Security Today and a visionary publisher like Kimberley Hanson-Brown,” said Verton. “The publishing industry has already watched several leading brands simply disappear because they could not adjust to the new demands of the digital world. Unlike any other player in the homeland security media industry, Homeland Security Today is embracing these changes and delivering what their readers and advertisers want.”
Verton said his initial priority will be to help bring existing content to readers and advertisers in new, innovative ways that leverage existing social media, mobile and interactive capabilities. “And we will simultaneously be driving aneffort to develop new video, Webcasts, interactive slideshows, live streaming events, blogs and reporter-driven social media that will all be integrated in a way that creates an engagement ecosystem for readers and advertisers,” said Verton.
“Homeland Security Today will be among the first in the homeland security media industry to transition from a static print/Web model to becoming a multi-platform information company that continues to deliver the highest quality insight and analysis.”
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Homeland Security Today is the leading media provider of information to the homeland security community. Its global network of correspondents delivers original insight and analysis through its monthly magazine, website and daily e-newsletters. Homeland Security Today is a proud recipient of multiple awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for editorial excellence in print and online, including the first-ever National “Journalism That Matters” award won by Editor David Silverberg.