M.Ed. English Education, University of Georgia
B.A. Film/Radio/TV, University of Central Florida
Certificates in Web development, online marketing and online video production from Gwinnett Technical College
Online multimedia, film/video editing, writing, photography, WordPress
Hillary Meister has more than 20 years experience as a reporter, online community manager and content developer for a variety of multimedia and print companies, including Athens, Georgia’s Flagpole magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Modesto Bee, Turner Broadcasting, AccessAtlanta.com and Network Communications, Inc. (NCI).
She advocates for building and nurturing online environments and pioneered vibrant, engaging communities before Facebook became a household name. While working with Cox Communications, she helped spur on animal adoptions online for accessatlanta.com, co-produced a traveling music show and CD featuring southern musicians for yall.com and lead a group of producers around the country to develop engaging content for their city websites. She was also an on-the-street online reporter during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, which lead to her getting a job in Sausalito, CA to build online communities centered on the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia.
While with Network Communications, Inc. (Real Estate Book, Apartment Finder, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles), she built and maintained hundreds of WordPress websites for home design clients, real estate agents and apartment communities and introduced the idea of blogging as a business platform.
Her higher-education career began with Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) as a Web author where she developed content and wrote for various areas of the website as well as managing the College’s social media channels.
She finds it interesting that she worked with the newest college built in 100 years in Georgia (GGC) and now works for a university (Georgia State) which recently celebrated their 100 year anniversary.