About

I’m Justin Best, a visual editorJBSquareMug in the Pacific Northwest.

I love to solve problems and make life run smoother. For over a decade I have been a highly organized visual editor, manager and newsroom leader in the high-pressure world of daily journalism. My goal is to produce a high quality product in any endeavor. I have tackled and led various challenges in the newsroom: book publishing, multiple quarterly magazines, redesigns of both print and web products and training a team on a new CMS and workflow. I enjoy helping others reach their peak potential and enhancing their work to be the best. I am able to juggle the various personalities on any team with a positive and empathetic hand.

I spend my free time with my wife and two children, enjoying all the beautiful nature that the Pacific Northwest has to offer by camping, hiking and canoeing. On those not so rare rainy days, I enjoy being a geek and playing with technology. But I take some low-tech time every day to work on the New York Times crossword puzzle, in pen.

Experience

  • Microsoft/MSN via Filter, Bellevue, WA —  Team Lead— October 2013-present  — Visual Team Lead for MSN News, Sports and Finance verticals in a deadline focused, quick turn-around environment. Ensure that the team followed MSN’s core values and standards. Coordinate and plan the schedule for a staff of 25 photo editors. Train team on CMS and process workflows. Source photos and working with vendors for all MSN client-facing products.
  • The Herald, Everett, WA —  Director of Photography and Graphics — 2004-2013  —Directed the daily visual report for print and web products at a community-focused daily newspaper. Managed all aspects of the visual and graphics department including personnel, vision and departmental and capital budgets. Projects included all aspects of videos, photography, graphics and multimedia.
  • The Herald, Everett, WA — Staff Photographer — 1998 – 2004  — Award-winning staff photographer for a daily newspaper focusing on community journalism.
  • The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA — Photographer (intern) — Aug. 1997 – Dec. 1997
  • The Miami Herald, Miami, FL — Photographer (intern) — May 1997 – Aug. 1997
  • The Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, FL — Photographer (intern) — Jan. 1997 – May 1997

Education & Training

Community Work

  • Everett Public Schools Career and Technological Education Committee, Sub-committee Chair, 2004 – present. Advise the school district on changes in visual technology for photography, journalism and multimedia.
  • Regular speaker to journalism classes at Western Washington University and area high schools.
  • Mentor to numerous high school and college students interested in photography, journalism and multimedia.
  • Member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Media Advisory Board. 2012 – present.

Skills

Departmental and capital budgeting, payroll and project management. Training a team on new workflows and CMS. Proficient in both Mac and PC platforms. Sharepoint, OneNote, Photoshop, Photo Mechanic, Excel, Powerpoint, Keynote, Dreamweaver, HTML, WordPress, Tumblr, various forms of social media and multiple geek skills. Moderate skills in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Expert in color calibration and color correction. Avid follower of the Getting Things Done, Franklin Covey and Inbox Zero philosophies. Able to problem solve in any situation.

Awards and Publications

National awards in photo editing and photography from the NPPA, Society of Professional Journalists, Hearst Competition, Associated Press, College Photographer of the Year and more.

Published in USA Today, Rolling Stone, Time, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, MSN, National Geographic and dozens of other national and international publications.