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Zach WiseAdjunct Lecturer


Zach Wise is an associate professor who teaches 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 design and technology for storytelling.

In 2007, Wise’s work at the Las Vegas Sun was recognized by the National Headline Awards, Online News Association, Webby Awards, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, and more notably, the Pulitzer Prize, where his video and interactive regarding the Construction Deaths on the Strip, contributed to The Sun's first win. In 2008, Wise joined The New York Times Multimedia team. His work there has 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, Zach has created several very popular tools for storytellers and journalists. Timeline JS and StoryMap have been used by over half a million people 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 all over the world.


MA, Photojournalism, Ohio University
BS, Visual Communication-Interactive Multimedia, Ohio University

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