Henry Powderly

Journalist, Editor

professional portfolio + personal projects


Posted on 11 Jun 2008 0 comments

Thanks for visiting. My name is Henry E. Powderly II and I am a journalist, writer and musician living on Long Island, NY, who has worked as a digital editor and manager for several major media outlets.

I am currently  an internet news manager at Newsday, where I run the online business and technology sections for the acclaimed news site, creating multimedia content and shaping the online and social media strategies for the section.

Prior to that, I was a senior regional editor at Patch, where I managed 25 sites in Long Island’s Suffolk County and  in Brooklyn for the formerly AOL-owned local news chain.

IMG_0591I have hired and managed dozens of journalists, creating coverage strategies for a diverse slate of local communities. From day-to-day coverage of lifestyle, school, business, police and government news to 24/7 coverage of local disasters such as Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy and the Blizzard of 2013, I have shaped thousands of articles. I’ve also managed through web redesigns, advanced multimedia and created special features that have built readership.

I am also an adjunct professor at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, teaching there for five years about core elements of journalism such as authenticity and verification as well as the finer critical thinking skills that a news consumer can use to judge the reliability of information.

I have also spoken on media panels across the region on topics including social media for reporters, business reporting, hiring, pitching the media and online journalism.

Screen Shot 2013-05-27 at 9.00.59 PMBefore working at Patch, I spent several years working as Web Editor for Long Island Business News, a position I earned after working as an assistant editor for the business-focused publication. There I led the site through two redesigns and introduced blogging, social media and video to its readers, wining awards for writing and online presentation. Prior to that I worked as a proofreader for community weeklies in Ulster County in upstate New York and as a production assistant at a print-on-demand publisher in Poughkeepsie, New York.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and have written a range of unpublished poetry and prose, including two novels. I am working on a chapbook of nature poetry, a series of short fiction pieces inspired by Harvard Sentences and a collection of longer stories.

I am also a saxophonist, pianist and composer, having studied at Manhattan School of Music and The New School before moving to New Paltz. I’ve played professionally in New York City and in the Ulster/Dutchess and Orange County areas.


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