New York Times Multimedia Editor Visits HPU

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 11, 2019 – High Point University’s Media Fellows sponsored a special visit for journalism students in HPU’s Nido R. Qubein School of Communication on Feb. 8.

Josh Williams, a multimedia editor for the New York Times, presented his work to a group of journalism majors. He designs and builds interactive presentations for the newspaper’s website.

HPU journalism students in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication viewed interactive presentations created by Josh Williams, multimedia editor for the New York Times, and his colleagues.

“The modern web is an expressive medium,” said Williams. “My hope is the students take away ideas for telling stories in new ways beyond the traditional story forms we inherited from analog media.”

He showed examples on how to use video as a narrative device and how to illustrate a story using multimedia. He taught HPU students how using these techniques immerses the reader in the story.

“He has a print background and helped me learn the multimedia aspect and what the best elements to include in a multimedia story would be,” said Sydney Goldberg, a broadcast journalist major. “He has some great experiences that helped teach us how to put together a multimedia story.”

Williams showed HPU students some of the stories he and his colleagues have designed, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the flood in Houston from Hurricane Harvey and the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

“This is a fantastic opportunity because Josh has a lot of experience that appeals to all of our students in communication, including journalism, sports communication, video production, strategic communication, and gaming and interactive media design,” said Dr. Kristina Bell, HPU assistant professor of communication. “The work that he does is great, and I know my students were inspired.”

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