Robert Washburn is a professor of e-journalism at Loyalist College, Belleville, Ontario, Canada.

Prof. Washburn instructs in the new Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast program at Loyalist College, where he teaches the uses of new technologies and journalism.

He is the first post-secondary educator in Canada to teach in Second Life.

He is managing editor of the Online Pioneer, the college’s web-based newspaper, along with being executive editor on numerous community-based web sites and research projects.

Washburn has trained journalists across Canada in computer-assisted reporting and Internet research skills.

He served for four years on the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Journalists, with one year as chairman. He has worked for more than 25 years as a journalist in newspapers, magazines and radio.

Prof. Washburn recently was presented The Educational Technology Committee 2007 award for Innovative Teaching With Technology and he won the Canadian New Media Award for Educator of the Year in 2007.

Prof. Washburn recently completed his Masters degree on the future of online journalism at the York-Ryerson joint program in Communications and Culture.