Joe Ward

New York Times, Sports Graphics Editor

screen-shot-2016-09-01-at-3-12-31-pmAfter studying geography at the University of Buffalo, Joe joined The New York Times as a cartographer. After a short stint as a mapmaker, he spent several years there as a page designer before becoming the Times’s sports graphics editor. He has held that position since 1991 and his work focuses on data visualization and the process and mechanics of athletic performance. His recent work as part of the Times’s graphics team has included motion-capture analysis of Olympic athletes. The 2016 Rio Olympics was the seventh he has attended. His information graphics have won awards at the Society of News Design and at the Malofiej international information graphics competition. 

Rebekah Monson

VP/Product, The New Tropic

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Rebekah Monson is a journalist and designer who cofounded WhereBy.Us, a company that makes experential media products that help people explore and connect with places they live. She also runs the editorial and product division at the company’s first local media property, The New Tropic, which launched in January 2015.

Monson has spent more than a decade in media and communication, working as a graphic designer, reporter, art director and web editor at various newspapers and as communication manager at the University of Miami. She is currently on a break from pursuing an M.F.A. in Interactive Media from the University of Miami School of Communication.

In her free time, she works on lots of projects and co-organizes Code for Miami and Hacks/Hackers Miami.

Brian Storm

Founder & Executive Producer, MediaStorm

Brian Storm is founder and executive producer of the award-winning multimedia production studio MediaStorm based in Brooklyn, New York. MediaStorm publishes diverse narratives on the human condition, offers advanced multimedia training seminars and collaborates with a diverse group of clients. Storm spent two years as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Crobis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. Storm led Corbis’ global strategy for the news, sports, entertainment and historical collections and he directed the representation of world-class photographers for assignment work with a focus on creating in-depth multimedia products. From 1995 to 2002, Storm was the first director of multimedia at MSNBC.com, a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC News, where he was responsible for the audio, photography and video elements of the site. In October of 1998, he created MSNBC’s The Week in Pictures to showcase visual journalism in new media, a forerunner of the photography galleries that have become a standard offering of all major content sites today.

Andrew Devigal

Multimedia Editor, The New York Times

Andrew DeVigal is the multimedia editor at The New York Times. He oversees a staff of multimedia producers and helps direct the presentation of multimedia on the web. In the news industry since 1993 as a staff artist, graphic journalist (The Chicago Tribune), web designer (ChicagoTribune.com), product developer and designer (Knight Ridder New Media), researcher (The Poynter Institute) and journalism professor (San Francisco State University), he’s been in the privileged position to practice and observe multimedia journalism from its inception. DeVigal was also Visiting Professional with the Poynter Institute, teaching and collaborating in the area of New Media and Visual Journalism, where he helped lead the 2000 online eye-tracking study. DeVigal is the founder of InteractiveNarratives.org (http://www.interactivenarratives.org/), a site that celebrates the best of Interactive Journalism on the Internet.

Danny Gawolski

Video Editor, The Seattle Times

Danny Gawlowski is the video editor at The Seattle Times. He studied photojournalism at Ball State University and documentary filmmaking at the Seattle Film Institute.

He was a part of the team that was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of a police slaying and the ensuing manhunt. It was the first time that online coverage was specifically mentioned in a Pulitzer citation. Danny was awarded a 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for work done with photojournalist Erika Schultz documenting homelessness among Seattle-area families and children.

He learned most of what he knows working for great picture editors at The Bellingham Herald, The Dallas Morning News, The Concord Monitor, The Courier and Press and other great visual newspapers.

Danny is a volunteer instructor  The Kalish Picture Editing Workshop and teaches regularly at the Northwest Video Workshop and the Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference. He is a board member of the Associated Press Photo Managers Association and helped judge the 2010 SND Best of Digital News Design competition.

Miranda Mulligan

Design Editor, Boston.com

Miranda Mulligan is the digital design director for The Boston Globe, where she leads a group of newsroom digital designers and developers. She is a designer and educator with over 10 years of professional experience in print and web design, photography and information graphics reporting. She has also worked for The Virginian-Pilot, interned with The Sun-Sentinel and The Philadelphia Inquirer and volunteers with Online News Association, Virginia Press Association, the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for News Design.