Bill Ostendorf, president of Creative Circle Media Solutions, has helped redesign more than 750 print publications and more than 1,000 websites. He has served as a strategic consultant to hundreds of media companies on three continents. A popular speaker at industry seminars, he has led more than 2,500 workshops in 23 countries on a wide range of topics.

Originally trained as a reporter at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where he earned both a BSJ and MSJ, he started his reporting career working in the Chicago suburbs for The Chicago Tribune and Paddock Publications.

Bill spent 13 years at The Providence Journal, where he served as managing editor for visuals and new product development. Previously, he worked as an editor for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner, and The (Twin Falls, Idaho) Times-News. He left his newsroom job in 2000 to focus on Creative Circle full-time.

Frustrated with the poor software available to his consulting clients, Bill started a software firm dedicated to improving newspaper websites in 2004. Creative Circle hosts more than 600 successful newspaper, niche, classified, and business sites and built the industry’s first user-contributed, pay wall, hyper-local, and native content platforms.

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