Jennifer O’Brien has worked in IT journalism, covering the reseller market since 1997 in her home-town of Toronto, Canada. Prior to IT reporting at Computer Dealer News (working as a journalist, section editor and associate editor), O’Brien worked as a journalist, reporting on occupational health and safety and environment news for one of Canada’s top publishing houses, Southam Communications.
After graduating with an Honours Degree in Journalism and English from Carleton University in Ottawa (and scooping internships at both the Ottawa Sun and the Ottawa Citizen), O’Brien set sail for Europe and clinched an internship at a community newspaper in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She wrote local news, produced a series of features on religious leaders and local churches, and wrote profiles for the Ulster Star in Lisburn.
In 2003, O’Brien ventured to Australia, looking for adventure and a “life change,” after reporting and editing at Toronto-based CDN for six years. While her original plan was to travel and do temporary work, she knocked on the door of ARN – and given her Canadian reseller experience – was offered a contract position as a news journalist. After covering the market for several months, O’Brien moved into the features editor post, a role she held for four years. She then went on to clinch the associate editor role, a title she held from 2010 until 2016, with a major emphasis on event speaking, hosting and moderating, as well as large-scale content and event coverage.
Today, O’Brien has moved across to IDG’s enterprise division and is associate editor of CIO, CMO and Computerworld.