Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…
Javier Muñoz Fernández is a freelance illustrator based in Bilbao, Spain. A 1978 graduate of the University of Basque Country, Javier has been published by publications such as Diario de Navarra, el Correo, le Monde of Paris and CNN. Find his web site here. Javier turns 37 today.
Jason Miller is presentation editor for the Forum of Fargo, N.D. A 2000 graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., Jason joined the Forum in 2005. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Jason turns 38 today.
Douglas Okasaki is a senior designer for the Gulf News in Dubai. Previously, Douglas worked as art editor for UOL. For the better part of a decade, he’s served as the Region 20 director (Africa/Middle East) for the Society for News Design. This year he served as secretary and treasurer of the society. Next year, he’ll be vice president. Find Douglas’ portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.
Erica Smith is digital news editor for the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. A 1999 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Erica spent three years as a designer for the Times of Munster, Ind., before moving to the News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., for a year. She returned to Munster as design editor in 2004 and moved to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a news designer in 2006. She slid over to the interactive side in 2008 as a multimedia producer and then was named social media editor in 2010. She left newspapers in 2012 and worked as “curator in chief” for Infuz, a digital marketing agency in St. Louis and as online producer for St. Louis Public Radio before moving to the Pilot last April.
Erica has run a number of other sites, too. Among them:
- Paper Cuts, which tracks the number and locations of newspaper layoffs across the U.S.
- The Story of Man, where she collects headlines that say “man did this” or “man does that.” Funny stuff.
- Live & Kern, a general interest blog. “Wisdom and whimsy in generous doses,” she calls it.
Javier, Erica, Douglas and Jason share a birthday with actors Mary Virginia Martin, Charlene Tilton, Zoë Isabella Kravitz, Nestor Gastón Carbonell and Richard Treat Williams; musicians Bette Midler, Mathew William “Mat” Kearney, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Bradford Phillip “Brad” Delson (of Linkin Park), John Paul Densmore (of the Doors), Raymond Edward “Gilbert” O’Sullivan and Louis Allen “Lou” Rawls; comedians Sarah Kate Silverman, Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III and Allan Stewart Konigsberg (better known as Woody Allen); sports greats DeSean William Jackson (football), Larry Kenneth Robert Walker, George Arthur Foster, Reginald Laverne “Reggie” Sanders (all three baseball) and Lee Buck Trevino (golf); supermodels Carol Ann Alt and Chanel Iman Robinson; comic book writer Joseph Quesada; murder victim Matthew Wayne Shepard; video blogger Philip “DeFranco” Franchina, TV journalists Matt Sanchez and Laura Ling and disgraced Subway pitchman Jared Fogle.
In addition, today is Rosa Parks Day, Basketball Day, Antarctica Day, Civil Air Patrol Day and World AIDS Day. Seriously.
Have a tremendous birthday today, folks! Best wishes!