Phil Gast Skilled and experienced professional with a passion for digital and print content. Writing Deadline performance Managed resources, worked with other departments to produce stellar deadline coverage. Interactivity Solicited traveler e-mails when a man breached security at Atlanta’s airport, prompting a shutdown with national impact. Coordinated a virtual guide that carried readers inside the new Georgia Aquarium through innovative use of technology. Authored hundreds of news stories and features. One recent article discussed a possible pardon for outlaw Billy the Kid. Project management Results Coordinated a virtual guide that carried readers inside the new Georgia Aquarium through innovative use of technology. Project management
ajc.com home page: Directed development of home page visual feature that generated 950,000 page views within three months. Conducted survey of six newspapers on their strategic use of similar features.
War in Georgia: Coordinated production of an online presentation of the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign and Sherman’s March to the Sea. Project featured maps, music, photos of generals, period photography and historical explainers.
2008 elections: Worked with other departments on plans, interactivity and page design for primaries and general election. Results were fastest-ever reported on ajc.com. Presentation included automated interactive maps, columnist updates and polls on selected issues.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (ajc.com): Organized and coordinated home page presentation of Brian Nichols’ courthouse shooting spree in Atlanta. Page garnered 1 million page views in a single day, with millions more over the days leading to his arrest.
Before Twitter: When a security breach shut down Atlanta’s airport, asked travelers to submit updates on the ripple effect. Received e-mails that were posted online and used for award-winning reporting.
I began working with ajc.com in 2000, when site views were 20 million a month. In 2009, site views were at 110 million monthly. At CNN, I’ve written thoroughly-reported news and feature articles on deadline. I am proud to be a part of teams that expect and deliver excellence. My focus is always meeting customer and constituent expectations.