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About Us

Digital Journal is a global digital media network with contributors from around the world. Reaching an audience of millions of monthly visitors, Digital Journal blends a new media approach with proprietary technology, data and social tool sets to deliver a unique and engaging experience. Digital Journal publishes to multiple platforms, from Web to Facebook, Twitter and more.

The Vision

Digital Journal is recognized as a pioneer and leader in social news, blending professional content with high-quality user-generated contributions to inform our audience about what’s happening around the world.
Digital Journal formed its roots in media as a glossy magazine distributed coast-to-coast in Canada and the United States. But with the rise of the Internet, mobile technologies and social media, we recognized the media industry was irreversibly changing and so Digital Journal evolved into a modern media organization that is a technology company at its core. We set out to build a media business from the ground-up to be Digital First and social in nature, with proprietary technology as the backbone.
We are a group of passionate journalists and programmers who deeply understand the critical role technology plays in telling stories and engaging audiences.

The Innovation

Digital Journal’s vision is to completely re-imagine and build a totally new type of media organization. In order to reach scale and be more responsive to modern demands, our team recognized we needed to build a media company on 3 core pillars:
  • Content: Digital Journal recognizes the importance of social media, technology and digital culture in all aspects of news. Our team of vetted writers from around the world write about their passions while still connecting them to the ever-changing world of technology.
  • Technology: Digital Journal has built its entire platform and all of its toolsets from the ground-up, with a focus on technology. We run on a proprietary content management system (CMS) that was built in-house to be highly permissioned, scalable and robust. We assign, manage and track content using a custom-built assignment platform, allowing us to create any content offering at scale. Digital Journal pages have multiple engagement points where people can submit content. Once submitted, we measure how each piece of content performs in real-time across Digital Journal. Data is one of our most vital assets, and we put a tremendous focus on optimizing and growing based on analytics and what the data tells us about the needs of our audience. These are just some of the things Digital Journal does as a technology media company to ensure we address the needs of readers, in real-time..
  • Social: We’ve baked social technologies and toolsets into our platform to make our social media experience unique and engaging, and to encourage stories to spread across social media platforms.

Management

Chris Hogg

Chris is a co-founder of Digital Journal. He is an entrepreneur who has worked in publishing, digital media, broadcasting, advertising, social media & marketing. As an editorial and digital strategist, Chris has a deep passion for new technologies and disruptive, high-growth digital businesses where technology & digital media intersect.
Chris started his career in media with Digital Journal Inc. when he joined the company as a freelance journalist. Moving from freelancer, to editor, to partner, Chris spearheaded the company's full transition to digital as a platform that now reaches millions of readers per month.
With a broadcast journalism background Chris has also worked with many media companies including CBC News, Fifth Estate, CBC Sports, CTV News, City News, CP24, Global News, Business News Network, Space, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Postmedia & dozens of syndicated TV & radio networks.
In 2012 Chris co-founded a social media & content marketing company called /newsrooms, a network dedicated to providing continuous content marketing and social media coverage for brands. The company has grown a client portfolio that includes brands like Osler, KPMG, Sony, TD Bank, Queensway Audi, Citrix, SiteScout and more. The company has won international media coverage and praise as an innovator in social media and marketing.
Connect with Chris on LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter.
Notable achievement: Recipient, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013


Alex Chumak

Alex Chumak is the Chief Technical Officer for Digital Journal. He is responsible for all stages of product development and support including hardware infrastructure deployment which includes clustered webservers, to database management with replication to handle millions of monthly visitors.
Alex holds a degree in computer science, with Masters work done in artificial intelligence and robotics.


David Silverberg

David Silverberg is the former editor-in-chief of Digital Journal Inc. He helped pioneer Digital Journal's proprietary technology to leverage content from writers from across the world. He was the host of Digital Journal's annual Future of Media event.
David has been published in various publications, writing on everything from technology trends to celebrity profiles. He also makes regular appearances on Canadian TV as an expert on social media, Internet culture and technology news. He's appeared on CBC NN, Global News, Business News Network, City TV, Sun TV, and many others. His published work has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Business, Quill & Quire, NOW Toronto, the Canadian Jewish News, as well as dozens of syndicated radio networks.
With a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, David has experience in television, radio, print and online media. He's also adept at social media curation and management.
As a hobby, David is also the Artistic Director and Founder of Toronto Poetry Slam, a twice-monthly spoken word competition. He is the editor of Mic Check: An Anthology of Spoken Word in Canada (Quattro Books).
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Press Coverage & TV Appearances
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Digital Journal Facebook Group


Janusz Überall

Janusz Überall is the founder of DigitalJournal.com. Janusz has lived and worked in Toronto and New York City for the past 30 years.
In the early 1970s, Janusz worked for the first Minister of Multiculturalism in Canada as a photojournalist. Janusz has received many awards for his achievements in corporate communications, advertising and photographic art.
Janusz also produced and directed three one-hour dramas that aired on television in Canada. He was also an anchor and producer for a weekly televised multicultural news program.
In 1988, Janusz was appointed the Director of Advertising & Communications and Publisher for the first privately-owned international air terminal in Canada, Trillium Terminal 3 at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Janusz developed the corporate identity and advertising campaigns for the $500-million Terminal and the Swissôtel.
In October of 1992, Janusz received the medal of The 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada from the Governor General in "recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada." In March of 1998, Janusz received the Award of Merit from the Dean of Canadian Parliament for outstanding service in the area of corporate communications.
In 2001, Janusz received an award from the Minster of Canadian Heritage, the Hon. Sheila Copps, for outstanding service and contribution as a volunteer.
In 2013, by command of Her Majesty The Queen, the Diamond Jubilee Medal was presented to Janusz in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty's Accession to the Throne and in recognition of his contribution to Canada.
Throughout his professional career, Janusz also covered state visits and official government functions throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including travelling with and photographing Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Janusz also attended numerous international meetings including the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the United Nations in New York City where he met with John Paul II; he was accredited to cover the 1997 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vancouver, B.C.; and the Millennial Celebrations at the Vatican.
In addition to a passion for communication, the Internet and new media, Janusz holds a keen interest in art, opera and a diverse range of music.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and The 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada Me...
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and The 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada Medal
Chancellery of Honours — Canada