Stephen Lawton is a a longtime journalist and media consultant. He currently is a contributor to the data security publication SC Magazine, Tom’s Hardware, and Tom’s IT Pro. He also owns AFAB Media Services, a consultancy that specializes in corporate and product marketing and public relations for technology companies.
Stephen served as editorial director and editor-in-chief of MicroTimes and as chief editor of Digital News & Review, NetscapeWorld and SunWorld. He appeared as the computer expert for Bloomberg Radio’s The Money Show on the company’s flagship station, BLOOMBERG 1130 (WBBR-AM) in New York City and has been a frequent guest on Let’s Talk Computers and other radio programs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and throughout the South.
He has contributed to a variety of publications, including CIO Insight, Electronic Business, NetworkWorld, National Journal, California Computer News, PC Week, New Media Magazine, PC Upgrade, Computer Technology Review, Military & Aerospace Electronics, Computer Retail Week, Bank Administration, Computer Monthly, Inform and Computer Buyers’ Guide & Handbook.
On the corporate side, Stephen served as senior director of strategic marketing for Acronis, Inc., a disaster recovery, backup and virtualization migration company based in Burlington, MA. He also was a limited partner in Haskin Marketing and Publishing, a Foster City, Calif.-based custom publishing company where he did product development and strategic planning and as vice president of content at DataRise, a company that produced international transportation documentation for Fortune 100 enterprises, freight forwarders and logistics companies. He was director of marketing for Vision Point Automation, a robotics manufacturer.
Stephen launched his career as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles in, well, it was a while ago, and is credited as being the author who popularized the computer industry term “intranet” (Digital News & Review, April 24, 1995). Earlier, he edited the book Re:Organize (published by Hartley & Associates) and co-authored and produced “Best Newspaper Design,” a newspaper design and graphics presentation used by more than 200 college- and university-level journalism schools.