Geri Migielicz, Executive Editor
Geri is a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Journalism, in the Department of Communication. She teaches multimedia and digital journalism. Geri served as Director of Photography at the San Jose Mercury News from 1993 to 2009. Geri was executive producer on an Emmy Award-winning web documentary, “Uprooted, ”and she directed coverage that won a 1990 Pulitzer Prize in general news reporting and a 2003 Pulitzer finalist in Feature Photography. Under Geri’s direction, the Mercury News garnered all the major national awards for photo editing and photo usage, making the paper a destination for the leading talent in the photojournalism industry because of its innovation in web and print storytelling. Geri has served on the faculty at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and has been an editor and leader at the industry’s top photojournalism workshops including the Missouri Photo Workshop, the Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop, Society of Newspaper Design, and the National Press Photographers Association. Geri was a Stanford University Knight Fellow in 2004-05.
Liza Culick, Esq, MPH, Co-founder and Executive Producer
Liza has a twenty five-year career working with nonprofit organizations and foundations, and is a driver of ideas and start-up projects. She co-founded Story4 to bring the power of visual storytelling to connect viewers and communities to the transformative work and leadership in the nongovernmental sector. At Story4, Liza’s role is focused on story development, production planning, and business management. She has served as producer and business/production manager for all of Story4 projects. In addition to her work with Story4, Liza is Principal of Culick Consulting & Coaching (www.culickconsulting.com) where she is an executive coach and leadership development consultant, and specializing in building organization and in leadership capacity in nonprofits and foundations. She holds degrees in law and public health, and is a Certified Professional Coach (CPCC) and member of the International Coaches Federation.
Richard Koci Hernandez, Creative Contributor
Richard is an Emmy award-winning video and multimedia producer and worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. He is on the faculty as an assistant professor of New Media at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He recently produced a very short experimental piece about this initiative: Richard’s work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and international magazines, including Stern. In 2008, Richard was awarded a national Emmy award for the New Approaches to Documentary category for the Mercury News video entitled, Uprooted. His work for the Mercury News has earned him two Pulitzer Prize nominations. His photography and multimedia work has won numerous awards on the national and regional level. Richard was named Deputy Director of Photography and Multimedia after spearheading the creation of MercuryNewsPhoto.com, whose interactive story telling has been judged among the world’s best two years in a row in the Pictures of the Year International contest. He has taught multimedia workshops for Stanford University, National Press Photographers Association, National Association for Hispanic Journalists and National Association for Black Journalists.