[ MICHAEL HAMTIL ]
Michael Hamtil is a picture editor and visual team leader whose work alongside nationally-recognized photographers has shaped his passionate belief in the principles of photojournalism and the myriad ways they can be creatively applied. Since 2003 he has worked at The Dallas Morning News on both short and long-form storytelling; in news, sports and features; in stills, video and multimedia. Previously he was a multimedia producer at MSNBC.com (R.I.P.), and a picture editor for Copley Chicago Newspapers/Sun Publications (R.I.P.). He has a journalism degree from the Univ. of MO-Columbia, where he co-coordinated the 54th annual POY competition. Originally from the St. Louis area, Michael lives in Dallas with his photojournalist wife and the cutest young twins you ever did see.
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by Marvin Joseph
Newsroom of the Future Committee
Selected as one of 8 from a 200 person staff to serve on the Newsroom of the Future "Content Committee," spending 12 weeks re-inventing The Dallas Morning News to be digitally focused
Historic event task force
Volunteered to research and assist with republishing our 1963-era newspapers for a commemorative box set on the 50th anniversary of Pres. John F. Kennedy's assassination. Over 100,000 copies were sold, generating nearly $500,000 in revenue
Led our visual coverage of major civic venues opening in Dallas: the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, a Calatrava-designed bridge, and the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.
Pictures of the Year judge
Invited by the School of Journalism at the Univ. of MO-Columbia to help judge one of the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competitions in the world with the highest journalistic and ethical standards
Photo internship coordinator
Recruited, hired, trained and developed skills of photo interns while heading the photo/video internship programs in Dallas and in Joliet, IL; take special interest in developing interns' in-depth visual story ideas
EDITOR AND DESIGNER
Photo editor for book on the Texas Rangers' 2011 season (unpublished after World Series Game 7 loss to the Cardinals); Assistant photo editor and page designer for "Eyes of the Storm, Hurricane Katrina and Rita: The Photographic Story"
“Without a doubt one of the best editors I've ever worked for and a very positive influence on my career.”
— G.J. McCarthy