SND.IES: 2007 Annual Judges

Joe Weiss – Soundslides
Joe Weiss has worked as a photojournalist, multimedia reporter, designer, programmer, producer and editor in print and online media since 1996. He is currently a freelance interactive producer and the developer of Soundslides, a multimedia authoring application. Previously, he was an interactive producer at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the director of photography at The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C., and worked for MSNBC.com as a multimedia producer
in Redmond, Wash.

Jim Webb – National Geographic
Jim Webb is lead designer at National Geographic Digital Media, where he oversees the visual design and user interface of nationalgeographic.com. His roles have ranged from designing websites to moderating usability tests, shooting and producing on-air video, and managing several large-scale site redesigns. Before
joining National Geographic in 1999, Jim worked as a graphics reporter at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He has a degree in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mike Schmidt – Horizon Productions
Mike Schmidt is an award winning multimedia designer based in Durham, N.C. He’s passionate about storytelling, graphic design, motion graphics, interactive design and video production. He currently works as a senior multimedia designer at Horizon Productions and creates interactive and motion graphic projects for clients such as GSK, Lenovo, Microsoft and Adidas. In addition, Schmidt is a freelance multimedia contributor to the New York Times. Mohawk-Street.com is his permanent home on the web.

Nora Paul – University of Minnesota
Nora Paul is the inaugural director of the Institute for New Media Studies. She came to the University of Minnesota in July, 2000 after nine years at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. At the Poynter Institute she led the programming efforts in the areas of news library management, computer-assisted research and new media leadership. Prior to the Poynter Institute, Nora was the Editor, Information Services at the Miami Herald from 1979-1991.

Michelle Nicolosi – Seattle P-I
Michelle Nicolosi is an Assistant Managing Editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Nicolosi runs seattlepi.com, and was previously an investigative reporter at the Seattle P-I. Before that, she was the editor of Online Journalism Review and taught journalism at the University of Southern California. She has also worked as VP of biz dev at PersonalReader.com, as product manager at the idealab! Company Hompage.com, and as a reporter at the Orange County Register, where she was a lead reporter on the Pulitzer Prize winning Fertility Fraud series.

Scott LaPierre – Boston.com
Scott LaPierre is a senior multimedia producer for Boston.com and The Boston Globe. He discovered that he wasn’t afraid of computers or electronic recording devices while studying for his Master’s degree in journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since then, he has focused on multi-media storytelling, with an especial fondness for audio and, increasingly, video. Before starting his career in journalism in 2004, he grazed in other fields of communications in Chicago, California and Boston. He has a BA in English from Bates College in Maine.

Jen Friedberg – Star-Telegram
Jen Friedberg is a Multimedia Producer at the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth where she produces Flash presentations, shoots and edits video and audio and does whatever else needs doing. Previously, she worked as a full-time Staff Photographer at the Star-Telegram and the Gary Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind. She graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

David Evans – USAToday.com
David Evans has been a Senior Designer for USATODAY.com, located in McLean, Virginia, for nearly 10 years. He is responsible for conceptualizing and producing daily interactive news graphics, animations and special advanced editorial projects. David’s work has been recognized by the following groups and organizations: Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association, Editor & Publisher, Society of News Design and Interactivenarratives.org. He lives outside of Washington D.C., with his wife Carmelina and their dog, Olive.


Valerie Aguirre – Raleigh N&O
Valerie M. Aguirre is an interactive content producer at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Now part of the media outlet’s newly formed Multimedia Team, she concentrates on Flash design and programming. Valerie graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill in December, 2002. She went on to design graphics and web interfaces for an Internet banking product before joining the N&O in December, 2004. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Cal Rieder, and her two cats, Aphrodite and Zeus.

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