Hi. I’m Josh Williams.

I’m a San Francisco-based multimedia editor at The New York Times. Previously, I taught at Columbia University and UC Berkeley, was the new media projects editor at the Las Vegas Sun and was a multimedia developer at the Smithsonian Institution.

Web Development. Storytelling.

Work samples from the intersection of development, design and storytelling.

Still Life in Motion

David Guttenfelder takes us on a journey along the Interoceanic Highway, the first paved route to fully cross South America.

2014The New York Times

Tricks

Some of the best snowboarders and skiers describe the joy and fear that come with performing jaw-dropping maneuvers.

2014The New York Times

52 Places to Go

Stunning photos and videos of our editors’ must-visit picks for 2014 is the first big multimedia project on the new Times website.

2014The New York Times

Around an Island

Dozens of moments captured as Todd Heisler walked the perimeter of Manhattan over the course of one day in August.

2013The New York Times

Gun Country

An exploration of the complicated relationship Americans have with firearms in this series of intimate, multimedia portraits.

2013The New York Times

Tomato Can Blues

Taking visual cues from graphic novels, we tell the bizarre, real-life story of a seemingly undistinguished cage fighter.

2013The New York Times

The Jockey

The multimedia-rich story of Russel Baze, the winningest jockey in American history, in words, videos and graphics.

2013The New York Times

NYC’s Quiet Places

Moving portraits highlight just a few of the hundreds of reader-submitted quiet places in New York City. A map for the rest.

2013The New York Times

Places To Go, 2013

Our editors’ picks of the 46 must-visit travel destinations for 2013 is chock-full of breathtaking professional and reader photos.

2013The New York Times

Moore, Okla. Panos

"Before and after" panoramas using the Google Maps API with custom imagery to immerse readers into post-tornado Moore.

2013The New York Times

Prop 8 Moments

An interactive audio transcript highlights key moments in the Supreme Court hearings on California’s Proposition 8.

2013The New York Times

Best of Breed

Go behind the scenes of the 2013 Westminster Dog show, where we photographed 143 Best of Breed winners over two days.

2013The New York Times

Snow Fall

Web development, including lead on the mobile experience, for this Pulitzer Prize-winning mixed media narrative about an Avalanche.

2012The New York Times

Debate Fact Checks

A four-part, interactive look at truths, half-truths and context in the 2012 presidential and vice-presidential debates.

2012The New York Times

Selective Storytelling

A reference by theme of candidates stretching the truth in stump speeches on the 2012 presidential campaign trail.

2012The New York Times

What..? NYC Noise

An interactive graphic of sounds in New York City, with profiles of New Yorkers exposed to varying degrees of harm.

2012The New York Times

Punched Out

An interactive documentary and Pulitzer finalist on the rise and fall of a NHL enforcer. I received an Emmy nomination for my role.

2011The New York Times

Loss and Healing

A subtle twist on a slideshow: when the narration is playing, users unknowingly control the ambient audio by changing slides.

2011The New York Times

Grunge Quiz

The 30-something me reached back into the teenage me years to pull together our 20th anniversary of grunge quiz.

2011The New York Times

SchoolBook

Custom WordPress plugins to feed narrative content into a Rails app highlighting stories and data about NYC schools.

2011 (defunct)The New York Times

Bay Area News Sites

I built three hyper-local news sites, and a custom, media-rich WordPress theme to run them, as part of my Ford Foundation grant.

2009UC Berkeley

CityLab

Worked with a student on a proof-of-concept, Django-based site comparing demographic and lifestyle data for 65 Bay Area cities.

2009UC Berkeley

Flight Delays

We turned a dry Bureau of Transportation Statistic’s dataset into an interactive tool for visitors flying in and out of Las Vegas.

2008Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas Weekly

With outside designers and in-house developers, I managed the relaunch of an entertainment site for an edgy alt-weekly.

2008Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas Sun

Managed designers, developers and journalists tasked with re-envisioning a dated news site into a multimedia-rich destination.

2008Las Vegas Sun

Decision Stations

Kiosks present multiple first-person perspectives on conservation topics, illustrating the complexity of real-world issues.

2007Smithsonian Institution

Science Stations

Interactive screens allow visitors to explore three stories of Panda science: medicine, reproduction and animal management.

2007Smithsonian Institution

Experience

Multimedia / Graphics Editor

The New York Times

New York, NY & San Francisco, CA

January 2011 – present

  • Build custom interactive presentations with journalists across the newsroom.
  • Nominated for two national Emmy Awards.
  • Built the WordPress backend for SchoolBook, a community, story and data-driven education project.

Adjunct Professor

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

New York, NY

January 2012 – December 2013

  • Taught six credit hour interactive news design classes.

Lecturer, New Media

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Berkeley, C.A.

January 2009 – January 2011

New Media Projects Editor and Operations Manager

Las Vegas Sun | Greenspun Interactive

Las Vegas, N.V.

September 2007 to January 2009

  • Managed the production-oriented new media journalists for Greenspun Media Group’s recent television projects and the company’s traditionally print publications, including: the daily Las Vegas Sun; Las Vegas Weekly, an edgy alternative magazine; the weekly InBusiness newspaper; eight weekly community newspapers and other Vegas-centric magazines.
  • Project managed the launch of lasvegassun.com, lasvegasweekly.com, the weekly “All In” sports show for a local broadcast station and 702.tv, both the Web and television product.
  • Participated in the conception, design and execution of company-wide new media initiatives, both technically and editorially.
  • Oversaw video-related infrastructure build out for Greenspun Media Group, including storage, asset management, studio space and IP distribution.
  • Filled in where needed on deadline-driven projects, from Web and Flash developer to caption writer.

Multimedia Specialist

Smithsonian Institution

Washington, D.C.

July 2004 to September 2007

  • Developed, scripted and produced multimedia exhibits.
  • Programmed three-tier multimedia applications with Flash/ActionScript, ColdFusion and SQL Server.
  • Shot and edited digital video, photographs and audio.
  • Specified hardware for high-use indoor and outdoor multimedia installations.
  • Authored and built DVD-based exhibits.
  • Managed all multimedia-related content and contractors for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s $53-million Asia Trail exhibit.

Web Developer

NACCRRA

Washington, D.C.

October 2003 to July 2004

  • Built LAMP-based applications for the organization’s five Web sites.
  • Developed a PHP API to handle templating, database calls and membership data searches across multiple sites.
  • Built a custom member listserv application.
  • Spearheaded the migration of Web sites from many under-utilized dedicated Linux/Apache/MySQL servers to virtually hosted Web sites on one small, easier-to-manage cluster.

Web Developer and Administrator

American Forests

Washington, D.C.

July 2001 to October 2003

  • Built Web-based applications with PHP on Windows and Linux, including: a shopping cart, template-driven pages, a news release CMS, a searchable tree database and an interface for an ArcIMS map server.
  • Developed a Web-based conference registration tool (PHP/MySQL) with a Microsoft Access/MyODBC-based administration interface for ease of use and standard Microsoft Office features, such as mail merges.
  • Administered all Web, DNS, file, and print servers on Windows NT and Linux, as well as the Cisco router and firewall.

Online Editor/Online Staff Member

The Daily Tar Heel

Chapel Hill, N.C.

August 1999 to May 2001

  • Maintained online version of newspaper every weekday.
  • Led a staff of up to 14 volunteers.
  • Spearheaded a redesign and shift from static pages to a database-driven site.
  • Oversaw online-only editorial content.
  • Taught new members Unix basics.
  • Maintained Perl scripts that parsed QuarkXpress files and outputted HTML.

Awards & Honors

Awards and nominations for projects that I’ve had a significant role in leading, producing, designing or developing.

Technical Skills

Fluent in JavaScript (and a slew of libraries and frameworks), HTML5, CSS, WordPress development, Django templates and Photoshop.

Proficient in PHP, MySQL, SQL Server, SASS, Ellington CMS, Git, Subversion , BASH, FFmpeg, ImageMagick, Linux administration, Amazon Web Services, Apache and Final Cut Pro.

Education

MA, Interactive Journalism

American University

Washington, D.C.

May 2007

BA, Multimedia Journalism

The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, N.C.

May 2001

Ping me!

I’m available on a limited basis for speaking, consulting, teaching and development gigs.