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Meet Your LinkedIn Moderator: Jim Kerr, Web Editor at Venture Publishing Inc.

Being an effective moderator takes time and effort. They have to fend off spammy post and encourage good discussion. I wanted to feature and thank Jim Kerr who is the moderator for the Alberta Oil Linkedin groups.

Tell us about your background?

I began my career as a journalist back in 2006 while attending MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, freelancing for some newspapers before transitioning over to radio. I spent the next six years working in that industry, while also writing for a couple of sports websites and magazines. Currently, I am the Web Editor for Venture Publishing.

Tell us about your company/job?
Venture Publishing is the award-winning magazine publisher behind Alberta Venture, Alberta Oil and a number of custom titles. In my role as the Web Editor, I create content for the magazine websites, contribute articles to a number of publications and help in the editorial process, look after the social media channels of our magazines and take care of things like e-newsletters and basically anything else that has to do with our online presence.

What hobbies do you have outside of work?
Outside of work my number one hobby is staying fit! In the last year I’ve transformed myself from a ‘former athlete’ to being in the best shape of my life and have challenged myself to compete in as many races as I can in 2013. So far I have run a handful of 5 and 10K races (with more to come!) and will be running a half marathon later in the spring. Other than that, I have been blogging about sports since about 2003 and I am into music production.