About Brian

Brian Schlansky is a recent graduate of the multimedia journalism master’s program at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree in visual journalism from the University of Miami as well.

From the time he arrived at UM in August 2006, Brian was heavily involved in the School of Communication. In November 2006, he participated in a National Geographic Photo Camp held in Homestead, Florida. He and other visual journalism students helped teach photography to the children of migrant Mexican workers. Brian was responsible for uploading a selection of the students’ daily photos to the camp’s website, and maintaining it each night.

In February 2007, Brian volunteered for UMTV’s newest endeavor, We The Students. The first exclusively online show for the station, We The Students is one of the first interactive collegiate debate shows in the nation. During the pilot shooting, Brian ran the graphics, using the skills he acquired from volunteering for NewsVision the previous semester. He also assisted in correcting any technical difficulties the website encountered.

In September 2007, Brian was hired as the webmaster for The Miami Hurricane student newspaper, a position he held until April 2010.

Throughout the summer of 2008, he completely rebuilt and redesigned the Hurricane’s site with a more multimedia-centric version, built on the powerful WordPress platform. Brian wrote an in-depth account of the entire process on the College Media Innovation blog.

Other student projects he participated in include West Grove 2008, Multimedia Standards, and the 2009 and 2011 Special Olympics World Games coverage.

From 2009 to 2010, Brian worked as a developer for GablesHomePage.com, a hyper-local news site for people who live and work in Coral Gables, built on the Drupal platform.

Brian was also a member of the Knight Center for International Media’s student staff from 2007 to 2010, eventually becoming its a Senior New Media Developer. He worked on the redesign of OneWater.org as well as other projects the Center funded.

During his time as a graduate student, Brian assisted in the redesign of GrandAveNews.com, another hyper-local news site in Coconut Grove, Florida, and also developed TheMiamiPlanet.org, an environmental news site that was launched to coincide with the Society of Environmental Journalists 2011 conference.

His final multimedia project was POLITIPOLLS.com, a mobile app designed to conduct political polling for candidates running for President of the United States and for the House of Representatives.