Sam Guzik

Sam Guzik is a multimedia journalist and digital strategist.

Experience

Editor for strategy and platforms, Opinion
Newsday (2017 - Present)
Lead a team that uses technology to reconceptualize the opinion department’s traditional offerings — daily editorials, commentary and reader submissions — with the goal of presenting the best argument across all platforms. I develop and maintain partnerships across departments to keep opinion connected to digital efforts across Newsday.

Multimedia Producer
Newsday (June 2012 - 2017)
Produced video and interactive content for the editorial board. Supervised the opinion section’s digital presence, including managing a producer and writer. Dramatically increased page views and user engagement using a combination of search engine optimization, social media and web exclusive projects.

Digital Media Associate
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (June 2011 - June 2012)
Provided multimedia journalism training to students and faculty. Created and implemented lesson plans to teach video, audio, interactive storytelling and web development. Guided students in the use of new technology and story telling tools.

Freelance Reporter/Producer
May 2008 - June 2012
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO: NPR, Columbia University, DNAinfo.com, St. Louis Jewish Light.
REPORTING: Wrote about community events for the Bronx Free Press and blogged regularly for AOL News from May 2008 to Aug. 2009 on general news and politics for the college news section of the network’s political magazine, including several posts featured on AOL’s homepage.

Editor in Chief / Director of New Media
Student Life Newspaper (August 2006 - May 2010)
Oversaw the production of award-winning multimedia presentations, including an audio slideshow about responses to sexual assault at Washington University. Led an initiative to redesign StudLife.com. Coordinated training sessions on multimedia storytelling and production. Developed a strategy for the use of Facebook and Twitter in the newsroom as a tool for reporting and promotion.

Education

New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Master of Business Administration, 2018 (expected)

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
M.S., Journalism, 2010 - 2011 Concentrated in digital media with coursework in long-form video and data visualization. Reported weekly from a school in Queens and developed a beat in the South Bronx. Produced two short documentary videos with an emphasis on narrative storytelling. Graduated with honors.

Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., English, 2006 - 2010 Graduated magna cum laude. Wrote an honors thesis researching memory in American Holocaust fiction. Completed a minor in political science. Recognized on the dean’s list for seven semesters.

Awards

Finalist, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award
Recognized in the 2012 student category for “Lobbies at the Top,” a project completed with The New York World.

Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship
Awarded in 2011 by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to “enable outstanding students to travel and study abroad, observing people, politics and society and the character of the foreign press.”

Gregory Freeman Award for Achievement in Journalism
Awarded in 2010 by Washington University Student Media, Inc. to recognize significant contributions to the quality of Student Life Newspaper and service to the Washington University community.

Boards and Memberships

Washington University Student Media, Inc.
Treasurer
A board of Washington University alumni who advise and train student journalists.

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