John Denning


Experienced communication and media professional with strong background in still and moving image news archives, libraries and databases.  Exceptionally precise and descriptive writer who pays close attention to detail and accuracy.  Thorough, tenacious, intuitive researcher and information manager. Effective communicator.  Concise and patient instructor.  Skilled at interpreting, collating large amounts of information, condensing it into easily understood terminology.  Astute observer of popular culture. Ability to identify people, places and things from a variety of fields including:  politics, entertainment, sports, science and technology.  Student of history with a long view perspective on current events.  High journalistic standards.

Work History

Work History
Oct 1997 - Jul 2010

Digital Media Services (DMS) Cataloging Department Supervisor

News Corporation - Fox News

Media Asset Manager, Database Administrator, Digital Librarian

Synopsis Writer, Researcher, Fact Checker, Proofreader, Text Editor, Taxonomist, Departmental Liaison and Primary Contact to Information Technology (IT) Department 

Supervise staff of professional catalogers and interns

Assign, manage projects, control work flow

Interview and train new hires and interns

Travel to national bureaus to instruct personnel on library database system

Screen, edit, ingest, catalog and archive video for network file footage library

Facilitate smooth transition from videotape to file server

Establish best practices

Create and manage keywords, metadata for search engine optimization (SEO)

Identify newsworthy celebrities, famous and infamous people

Address intellectual property rights issues

Senior Supervising Librarian for on-location live coverage of 2004 Democratic

Iowa Caucus, New Hampshire Primary and Democratic National Convention

Boston, MA

Performed on-site research at official US Government military video library:

Defense Visual Information Center (DVIC), March Air Force Base, Riverside,

CA 2002

Sep 1994 - Oct 1997

Video Library Manager


Library Manager - Videotape Librarian

Supported live television production needs for file video - fielded heavy research

requests from reporters and producers for shows, specials, daily programming and

breaking news - worked under tight deadlines - organized and maintained large

volume of videotapes on and off premises - supported needs of CNBC domestic

bureaus - worked closely with editors during story/package creation - wrote

synopses for database entry - cataloged and archived tapes - liaison with NBC

Network Electronic Journalism (EJ) library in New York City  

Feb 1989 - Aug 1994

ABC News Cataloger

Sherman Grinberg Film Libraries, Inc.

Cataloged ABC News raw and produced material and video from affiliated foreign

news agency feeds - wrote synopses for entry into ABC Network moving image archive mainframe library database ‘STAIRS’ (storage, tracking and information retrieval system)  

Jun 1987 - Feb 1989

Photo Researcher - Inside Sales Representative

UPI Bettmann News Photos

Agent for United Press International and Reuters Wire Services for lease, sale, republication, reproduction or broadcast of news photographs to broad client base:  national magazines including Time, Newsweek, international publications, advertising firms, television networks and book publishers - office manager during off-hours - heavy client request load and deadline pressure - transmitted wire service photos to subscribers including New York Times and other major newspapers  




WGBY-TV (PBS) Television Production Internship:  Studio camera, studio lighting, technical directing, field videography



Ardome Media Asset Management Infrastructure

Apple Final Cut Pro

iNews Digital Newsroom

Video Editing

Digital S and Beta tape formats.  Digital non-linear files.

Microsoft Access

FileMaker Pro

Microsoft Office Suite