Welcome!

Welcome to the portfolio of Sam Guzik, a multimedia journalist based in New York City.

Guzik is a multimedia journalist specializing in visual and interactive storytelling. Currently, he is a multimedia producer for Newsday.com. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Washington University in St. Louis.

Swipe left and right to explore projects in the portfolio. You can also use the menu above to sort posts by category. Click on the headline of any post to learn more about the project.

Matt Davies’ political cartoons website

Matt Davies website

To feature the work of Newsday’s new editorial cartoonist, I built a new tool to display, sort and share political cartoons.

Previously, Newsday featured cartoons in a photo gallery. Users were able to see the cartoons, but they could not share or discuss them individually. The new tool provides a unique, permanent URL for each cartoon and allows users to quickly filter and sort cartoons by topic. Each cartoon is individually indexed by search engines, another improvement over the previous system.

The cartoons website functions as a WordPress plugin, so other Newsday staff members can quickly use the same template.

The project was built using PourOver.js and Sammy.js.

Click here to see it in action.

Editorial Madness

madness-web

In honor of March Madness, Newsday’s editorial board invited readers to pick the editorials they loved to hate.

We selected 32 editorials from seven decades of archives. Some of the pressing issues of the day, such as racial covenants for houses in Levittown, were decided decades ago. Others, concerning deeply rooted Long Island institutions, such as the Long Island Power Authority and Nassau Interim Finance Authority, remain controversial today. In each pairing in the brackets, we asked readers to select the opinion that you feel best shows where the editorial board went off the rails. The editorial with the most votes moved to the next round.

I was responsible for the initial conception of the project, as well as the design and development work. This project was coded using HTML, JavaScript and PHP.

See the project: http://opinion.newsday.com/editorial-madness/

amNY.com redesign

amNY

The redesign of amNY.com replaced an outdated, static page. It is fully responsive and placed special emphasis on making news easily accessible, providing easy access to transit information, and allowing amNY’s staff to tell stories with photo galleries and video.

I was part of a team of four Newsday staff members who led and managed the redesign process, which took nearly 1 year. The team was responsible for understanding the needs of amNY’s staff and readership; facilitating communication between senior editors, the amNY staff and developers; and testing the final site before launch.

See the new website at http://amny.com.