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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.

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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: Don’t let politics derail LIRR commuters

With a July 20 deadline looming, the MTA is running out of time to avert a Long Island Rail Road Strike.

That’s one reason the agency chose to make its most recent contract offer public — they want to convince riders that they are doing as much as possible to get a contract. MTA officials insist they’ve been trying to compromise, and if a strike happens, they hope riders will take their side in this fight.

The most recent proposal gives the LIRR’s 5,400 unionized workers the 17 percent raise they want. But it would come over seven years, instead of six.

The biggest difference between the union demands and the MTA’s proposal is in the treatment of new employees. The MTA wants new employees to contribute four percent of pay toward health insurance, work twice as long to get to top pay and permanently contribute to their pensions; currently workers only contribute during the first 10 years on the job.

The unions say this proposal is an attempt to turn union workers against each other; the MTA says it is the only way to pay for raises without taking even more money away from major projects.

LIRR union leaders are insisting on a deal more like the one outlined in May by a White House panel. There’s also pressure from international union leaders to hold firm and get the recommended deal so it can be used as a model for other railroad unions. The international unions represent 1.1 million workers, many of whom work for big private freight companies across the nation. That could turn into one of the stumbling blocks in these negotiations: because the LIRR is regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration, many of its employees are in the same union as private-sector freight rail workers.

Any deal needs to be in the best interest of New Yorkers, the MTA, its employees and LIRR riders — not an international union that represents workers for private freight haulers.

Editorial Madness

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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.