Gawlowski focuses on excellence in visual storytelling while embracing its historical values of picture editing, leadership, ethics, diversity and managing through example. 

“Danny Gawlowski is the Video Editor at The Seattle Times. He studied photojournalism at Ball State University and documentary filmmaking at the Seattle Film Institute.

He was a part of the team that was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of a police slaying and the ensuing manhunt. It was the first time that online coverage was specifically mentioned in a Pulitzer citation.

Danny was awarded a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Video Feature Reporting for work done with photojournalist Erika Schultz documenting homelessness among Seattle-area families and children. The project was also awarded a 2011 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for Multimedia Reporting.

He learned most of what he knows working for great picture editors at The Bellingham Herald, The Dallas Morning News, The Concord Monitor, The Courier and Press and other great visual newspapers.

Danny is a regular faculty member at The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop, the Northwest Video Workshop and the Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference. He is a board member of the Associated Press Photo Managers Association and helped judge the 2011 SND Best of Digital News Design competition.

Danny’s photographic work has also appeared in several books. For “The Other Side of Middletown,” Danny produced a body of photographic and multimedia work that documented the African American community of Muncie, Indiana. His photographs illustrate several textbooks, including “Introduction to Anthropology,” “Cultural Anthropology,” and “Amours: Histoires des relations entre les hommes et les femmes.” (

Invisible families: The homeless you don’t see

The Seattle Times has published a special report on family homelessness through a fellowship with Seattle University, funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a part of the project, Erika Schultz, Cliff DesPeaux, Genevieve Alvarez and I produced six videos documenting different stories of family homelessness. The project was definitely a team effort and included great reporting by Lornet Turnbull, innovative partnerships with our community news partners, a comprehensive list of resources and beautiful online design led by Denise Clifton. Check out the entire project here.


A child’s perspective on homelessness | Kim Ahern and son Jack, 9, lived at Nickelsville, the only tent city in King County that allows children on a long-term basis, as she searched for housing after moving to Seattle in April 2010. Read more about Kim and Jack.



Out of options, family moves into truck | Cherie Moore and her son, Cody Barnes, 18, lived in their truck for three weeks in May. Although Moore works as a caregiver for the elderly, she says she does not earn enough to pay for housing. Read more about Cherie and Cody.


A mother’s struggles with homelessness | Not long after moving to Seattle with her two teenage sons, June Lloyd was no longer able to work due to chronic pain. They lived in various apartments with other people and in hotel rooms until her savings ran out. Read more about Image

June and her family.



Challenges for homeless dads | Jacob Smith is living in an emergency shelter in Everett with his three children, waiting for an opening in transitional housing. As a single father, Smith faced additional challenges finding resources. Read more about Jacob and his family.


Help for the whole family: First Place School | First Place is a Seattle non profit that provides support to homeless families, including schooling for homeless children, from kindergarten through sixth grade. Read more about Darasavanh Kraven and First Place.


The Self-Sufficiency Standard | Diana Pearce, a senior lecturer and the director of the Center for Women’s Welfare at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, conducts research on the level of income necessary for individuals and families to meet their basic needs. Read more about the Self-Sufficiency Standard.





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Danny Gawlowski is a video editor at the Seattle Times, and his video works can be found at his website. ( I appreciate Danny Gawlowski and his effectiveness at multimedia journalism. Gawlowski uses the seven effective methods of multimedia. I believe every multimedia journalist should follow most of these rules.

RSS-ing- Gawlowski made sure the information he was citing was useful and accurate. No one will take you seriously as a multimedia journalist if you are producing inaccurate information. If the site at which you are referring your information has an RSS logo at the top, then it is a legit source of information. RSS readers such as Google Reader and NetVibes are beneficial.

Social bookmarking-Gawlowski bookmarked his new information and made it available for his audience. He kept updated information before his audience does and in return he attracts more people.

 Networking (IRL)- Learning as much information about journalism makes you as the journalist stand out among the rest. Gawlowski seems to have a grasp on his knowledge as a multimedia producer. During the summer is a great time to attend conventions . The USC Annenberg has a list of journalism organizations.


Social networking- Danny Gawlowski uses LinkedIN for example ( This is a link to his profile. Also using Facebook, Twitter and sometimes Myspace is a great opportunity to connect with friends and family. This is also a good source of networking. Sharing your information, blogs, photography, podcasts, multimedia projects can help invite in an audience to your work. It’s a great source especially if you follow a lot of people on Twitter or have a lot of Facebook friends because then you have a variety of different interests from different people. This is also a good way to stay in-tuned to the wants of your audiences by reading what they have to say and what is interesting to them. 

Blogging-Gawlowski uses a daily journal with the exception of allowing feedback from others. This allows him to see what information is useful to his audience and keeping active shows his audience he is interested in what they have to say and interested and passionate about his own work. Blogging also allows a him a little more personal characteristics to come out in his writing. Sometimes being personal is valuable in sustaining an audience.

Trying something new- Doing the same old story that everyone else has done will not make you exceptional. In order to become more successful as a multimedia journalist, you must go outside of your comfort zone and make yourself available for new ideas that might intrigue your audience. What do you think would be interesting to do a video story on? What is something you have wanted to try but are not sure of doing. Sometimes this is when your blogging and social networking sites become useful because you can take polls on this information. Gawlowski does an exceptional job on choosing different stories for his audience. Grabbing attention and then using it to display on his LinkedIN.

Documenting everything- Recording all audio and visual information will allow you to have enough information to create a story. Sometimes Gawlowski will go back and realize he needed more audio or more visual information and he is glad that he documented it at the time. Sometimes you may not be given a second chance, and it is best to document everything just in case. 

Danny Gawlowski is a brilliant multimedia journalist because he captured all of these useful tips in his works. He was able to capture raw material that was interesting for multiple ranges of audiences. Going back over his stories I realized he had a sense of uniqueness. He also had great wide angle shots, and quick and short clips. This kept me interested in his videos because it was not one straight frame the entire video. I also noticed the sound quality of his work was essentially desired. The source of his information is accurate. The information he provides in his stories are interesting and fresh. 


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