Visuals attract and hold your audience, they are more than window dressing and should be considered as an integral part of the editorial process. We’ll discuss all aspects of imagery and the storytelling process from theory, sources, hiring photographers, photo selection, mobile and cross-platform considerations and anything else you can think of to throw our way.
Panelists: Tanner Curtis, Amos Mac, Cody McCloy, Zachary Wade
TANNER CURTIS is a photo editor at The New York Times focusing on politics and government in the Trump era. Since November 2016, he has worked with the Washington bureau of The Times to manage day-to-day coverage of the White House and Congress. Curtis joined The Times in 2014 and worked on the National desk, coordinating coverage of major news events like the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, the aftermath of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Supreme Court’s historic decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Before joining The Times, he was an associate photo editor at Time.com focusing on U.S. news, politics and sports. He studied photojournalism at Western Kentucky University and is a native of the Bluegrass state.
AMOS MAC is a writer and artist living in Los Angeles. In 2009 he founded and became editor-in-chief of Original Plumbing, the seminal print magazine documenting the culture of trans men. He was a producer for the Emmy-nominated documentary series Gaycation (VICELAND), has been honored on the OUT 100, TRANS 100, and featured in the HBO film The Trans List. The Original Plumbing Anthology, featuring the best of all 20 issues, will be published by the Feminist Press in 2019. He was named a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, for his forthcoming young adult novel about a trans teen in the late 1990s.
CODY McCLOY started at CNN.com in 1996, after graduating from the University of Missouri, focused on broadcast journalism. At first he was hand tagging HTML for the site, then moved up to a video editor and helped create interactives. Currently he is a long-serving member of the small, but dedicated Photo desk at CNN Digital, where he works to create a strong visual presence across all of CNN’s digital platforms.
ZACHARY WADE is a senior producer for mobile programming at CNN Digital. As a journalist, he builds voice and arresting frames into the day’s top headlines. As a technologist, he helps create new and better ways to tell big stories on small screens. Wade works with his team daily to pair news instinct with data insight to craft mobile homepages that resonate brilliantly and engage users honestly. In 2017, he guided the editorial direction for the CNN core mobile app relaunch and continues to steer future iterations of the CNN app and mobile websites. Before CNN, Wade produced apps for local TV news station KMOV in St. Louis and developed features for other stations across the U.S. He has degrees in political science, economics and journalism from the University of Missouri.