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Xarktopia is the brainchild of Janet Edens and Dan Conover, two award-winning print journalists who became pioneers in web, multimedia and social media. Dissatisfied with the pace and direction of change in our industry, we quit our newspaper jobs just ahead of the industry collapse and set out to work for ourselves.
We start with the all the writing, editing, design and photography skills you’d expect from two classically trained journalists. But our clients also benefit from more than 18 years of front-line and strategic-level digital experience.
Here’s what we know in our bones: One size does not fit all. Getting it right means choosing the best approach and the right set of features for each individual client.
seasoned professionals, diverse skills
Xarktopia LLC is a media services company founded by Dan Conover and Janet Edens in 2010 — on their 11th wedding anniversary. Dan was the city editor for the metro daily in Charleston, S.C., back in those days. Janet ran the design desk.
In 2008, as the newspaper industry tipped into its current decline, Dan quit his job and started a new career as a freelance writer, consultant and speaker. Janet joined him a little more than a year later. Xarktopia seemed a natural outgrowth of our eclectic resumes and expanding portfolio. With our natural inclination toward learning and doing, we’ve developed a — well, the word “freakish” comes to mind — menu of media skills.read more
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