Experience

Multimedia Editor, The New York Times

Winston-Salem, N.C., San Francisco, Calif. and New York, N.Y. January 2011 ­- present.

Design and program interactive stories alongside world-class editors, reporters and other visual journalists. Primarily focused on enterprise multimedia narratives.

Roles
  • Visual editor for interactive content
  • Design non-templated digital story forms for web and mobile
  • Write web applications to bring new story forms to life
  • Explore new photo-centric storytelling techniques
  • FAA Part 107 licensed drone pilot
Accomplisments
  • A multimedia editor for “Snow Fall,” a project that won the Pulitzer Prize and was cited for its interactive presentation
  • Lead developer for “Punched Out,” a project that was a Pulitzer finalist and cited for its interactive presentation
  • Nominated for seven national Emmy Awards
  • Work recognized by ONA, SND, POYi, NPPA, Malofiej, World Press Photo and others
  • Won three New York Times “Publisher’s Awards”, an internal award for excellence in journalism

Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Berkeley, Calif. January 2015 - May 2015

Taught a digital news design and production class that ran concurrently with a visual narratives course. Students designed and built custom story forms for their visual stories.

Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

New York, N.Y. January 2012 - December 2013

Co-taught capstone, six credit hour interactive news design classes.

Lecturer, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Berkeley, Calif. January 2009 - January 2011

Knight and Ford Foundation-sponsored full-time lecturer. I taught skills-based technology and Web publishing courses, and helped run three local news sites, which served as a real-world learning lab for multimedia storytelling.

New Media Projects Editor, Las Vegas Sun and Greenspun Interactive

Henderson, Nev. September 2007 - January 2009

Managed the production-oriented new media journalists for Greenspun Media Group’s television projects and the company’s traditionally print publications, including the daily Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Weekly, the weekly InBusiness newspaper, eight weekly community newspapers and some Vegas-centric magazines.

Responsibilities
  • Project managed the launch of lasvegassun.com, lasvegasweekly.com, the weekly “All In” sports show for a local broadcast station and the daily 702.tv, both the Web and television product
  • Participated in the conception, design and execution of company-wide new media initiatives, both technically and editorially
  • Oversaw video-related infrastructure build-out for Greenspun Media Group, including storage, asset management, studio space and IP video distribution
  • Filled in where needed on deadline-driven projects, from Web and Flash developer to caption writer

Multimedia Specialist, Smithsonian Institution

Washington, D.C. July 2004 - September 2007

Developed, scripted and produced multimedia exhibits.

Responsibilities
  • Programmed three-tier multimedia exhibits
  • Shot and edited digital video, photographs and audio
  • Specified hardware for high-use indoor and outdoor multimedia installations
  • Managed all multimedia-related content and contractors for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s $53-million Asia Trail exhibit

Web Developer, NACCRRA

Washington, D.C. October 2003 - July 2004

Built LAMP-based applications for the organization’s five Web sites.

Web Developer, American Forests

Washington, D.C. July 2001 - October 2003

Built web applications with PHP on Windows and Linux, including a shopping cart and a Web-based conference registration system.

Online Editor/Staff, The Daily Tar Heel

Chapel Hill, N.C. August 1999 - May 2001

Helped maintained online version of newspaper daily. As editor, led a staff of about 14 volunteers and spearheaded a redesign and shift from static pages to a database-driven site on our own domain.

Awards & Honors

Awards and nominations for projects that I’ve had a significant role in leading, producing, designing or coding.

2018 News and Documentary Emmy Awards

  • Nomination, New Approaches: Current News for “Escaping Boko Haram”
  • Nomination, New Approaches: Current News for “How 655,000 Rohingya Muslims Escaped”

2017 National Press Photographers Association

  • Honorable Mention, Feature Multimedia for “American Thanksgiving”

2016 Society for News Design

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  • Silver, Breaking News for “The Keith Scott Shooting: A 3-D Reconstruction.”

2016 Society for News Design

  • Award of Excellence, Single-subject - This Is Your Life, Brought to You by Private Equity
  • Award of Excellence, Single-subject for “I, Too, Sing America”
  • Award of Excellence, Single-subject for “Tools of Modern Terror”
  • Award of Excellence, Single-subject for “Keith Scott Shooting”
  • Award of Excellence, Features and Planned Coverage for “ISIS In America”

2016 National Press Photographers Association

  • Second Place, Sports Multimedia Package for “The Top Tennis Players in the World Started Here”

2015 Society for News Design

  • Award of Excellence, Breaking news for “Nepal’s Historic Sites, Before and After the Earthquake.”

2015 Associated Press Sports Editors

  • Top 10, Multimedia for “The Top Tennis Players in the World Started Here.”
  • Top 10, Multimedia for “The Dawn Wall, Up Close”

2015 News and Documentary Emmy Awards

  • Nomination, New Approaches: Documentaries for “The Secret Life of Passwords.”

2014 Loeb Awards

  • Visuals Winners for coverage of Mike Bloomberg’s term as mayor

2014 News and Documentary Emmy Awards

  • Nomination, New Approaches: Documentaries for “Gun Country.”
  • Nomination, New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture for “The Jockey.”

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  • Gold, Feature for "What Is the Higgs?"
  • Silver, Breaking News for “Before and After: 360° Views From Moore, Okla.”

2014 National Press Photographers Association

  • Winner, Best Use of Multimedia for “The Jockey.”
  • Second Place, Multimedia Package for “Finding the Quiet City.”
  • Second Place, Documentary Multimedia Story for “Invisible Child: Dasani's Homeless Life.”

2014 Society for News Design

  • Award of Excellence, Single-Story Project for “Gun Country.”
  • Award of Excellence, Use of multimedia for “The 46 Places to Go in 2013.”
  • Award of Excellence, Breaking or Daily News Single-subject project for “Before and After: 360° Views From Moore, Okla.”
  • Award of Excellence, Use of multimedia for “The Higgs.”
  • Award of Excellence, Use of multimedia for “The Jockey.”
  • Award of Excellence, Use of multimedia for “Tomato Can Blues.”
  • Award of Excellence, Non-planned coverage for “A Painful Mix of Fire, Wind and Questions.”

2014 Pictures Of The Year International

  • Second Place, Sports Multimedia Story for “The Jockey.”

2013 Associated Press Sports Editors

  • First Place, Multimedia for “The Jockey.”

2013 Online Journalism Awards

  • Winner, Feature for “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.”

2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards

  • Nomination, New Approaches: Current News Coverage for “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.”

2013 Society for News Design

  • Gold Medal, Use of Multimedia - More than 50 Million for “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.”
  • Silver Medal, Use of Multimedia - More than 50 Million for “Video of First Debate Between Obama and Romney”

2013 Pictures Of The Year International

  • Best eProject for “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.”

2012 News and Documentary Emmy Awards

  • Nomination, New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming for “Punched Out.”

2012 World Press Photo

  • Special Mention, Multimedia for “Punched Out.”

2012 National Press Photographers Association

  • Best Use of the Web for “Punched Out.”
  • First Place, Multimedia Package for “Punched Out.”
  • Third Place, Documentary Multimedia Story for “Punched Out.”

2012 Society for News Design

  • Gold, Single-subject project - More than 50 Million for “At the Metropolitan Museum, a New Wing, a New Vista.”
  • Award of Excellence, Series or Event - More than 50 Million for “Punched Out.”
  • Award of Excellence, Breaking News - More than 50 Million for “Panoramas of Joplin Before and After the Tornado.”
  • Award of Excellence, Section or Topic - More than 50 Million for “SchoolBook.”

2012 Pictures Of The Year International

  • Award of Excellence for “Loss and Healing in Norway.”

2012 Dart Awards

  • Excellence in Coverage of Trauma for “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer.”

2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism

  • Runner-up, Multimedia for “Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World.”

2011 National Press Photographers Association

  • Third place, Monthly Multimedia Contest, April, for “An American Cleric.”

2008 Online Journalism Awards

  • General Excellence, Medium Site for lasvegassun.com.

2008 EPpy Awards

  • Best Overall Newspaper-Affiliated Web Site, Less Than A Million Uniques A Month for lasvegassun.com.

Education

MA, Interactive Journalism, American University

Washington, D.C. May 2007

BA, Multimedia Journalism, The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, N.C. May 2001

Skills

  • Fluent in JavaScript (and a slew of libraries and frameworks), HTML5, and CSS.
  • Proficient in Node, PHP, MySQL, Ellington CMS, WordPress development, Git, Subversion, BASH, FFmpeg, ImageMagick, Linux administration, Amazon Web Services and various multimedia authoring tools, including Final Cut Pro and most of the Adobe suite.
  • Proficient in photography and photo editing