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The digital focus of today’s news business requires journalists to take on new skills and learn new technologies. But just how specialized does your skill set need to be? Coding is great, but learning to collaborate and leverage technology when it makes sense is better. Knowing how the internet works, how structured information can be leveraged and looking at stories with new thinking patterns can unlock engaging possibilities. We’ll explore some of these ideas in SABEW’s next virtual training session.

Zach Wise is an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Wise teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs in the subjects of interactive storytelling, design and photojournalism. He is also the lead faculty member of the Knight Lab, where he helps develop products and tools for journalists that utilize technology for storytelling.

In 2007, Wise’s video and interactive graphic on construction deaths on the Las Vegas Strip contributed to the Las Vegas Sun’s first Pulitzer Prize. That year, Wise’s work was also recognized by the National Headline Awards, Online News Association, Webby Awards and NPPA Best of Photojournalism. In 2008, Wise joined The New York Times’ multimedia team. His work there garnered a Peabody, several Emmy nominations, an Emmy award and numerous other industry honors.

Every year, he travels nationally and internationally for speaking engagements, workshops and competitions on the subject of multimedia and interactive storytelling. He also continues to freelance for publications including The New York Times and This American Life.

Since joining the Knight Lab, Wise has created several popular tools for storytellers and journalists. Timeline JS and StoryMap have been used to create stories seen by over a hundred million people each year. Timeline is also available in more than 65 languages and is used by major news organizations around the world.