Travis Smith served as editor of Variety.com for four years and wrote "<a href="http://www.variety.com/awidenet">A Wide 'Net</a>," a daily-ish column about Web sites of interest to entertainment professionals. Starting when he built his first home page in 1994, he has worked for the Los Angeles Times, Pressflex and the Online Journalism Review. He is a speaker about -- and teaches classes at the University of Southern California in -- online journalism, and runs a Web design and consulting company, Hop Studios, online at <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.hopstudios.com/">www.hopstudios.com</a>. He joined Variety in March 2000 and ankled in March 2004.