Phu Nguyen (Coordinator): Phu Nguyen is a second-year graduate student studying photojournalism at the University of Missouri. Phu, from Saigon, Vietnam, has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from South Dakota State University and has worked as a reporter, photographer and photo editor prior to joining the CPOY staff. His interests include ethics in photojournalism, humanity beat coverage and exploring new technology gadgets.
Anto Tavitian (Coordinator): Antranik Tavitian is a first-year graduate student studying Journalism at the University of Missouri. Antranik is a first-generation Armenian-American born in Los Angeles, California. His work focuses on the intersectional exploration of social issues, ethnicity, and identity through both personal reflection and current events. He earned his BA with a concentration in Photography from California State University-Northridge.
Liv Paggiarino (Blog Editor & Social Media Volunteer): Liv Paggiarino is a first-year graduate student at the University of Missouri studying visual editing and management. She graduated from MU in May 2018 with a degree in photojournalism, and has been serving as the Assistant Director of Photography at the Columbia Missourian since May 2017. She began volunteering with CPOY, POYi and the Missouri Photo Workshop while an undergraduate and continues now in graduate school. She is passionate about photojournalism and considers her interests eclectic and wide-reaching. She aspires to one day work for a newspaper or magazine - anywhere she can make pictures. Wherever she ends up, she hopes to contribute to the greater impact that she believes photojournalists' collective body of work has.
Zach Seusy (Assistant Web Producer): Zach Seusy is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying photojournalism and art direction at the University of Missouri. In addition to working with CPOY, Zach helps with the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition and Missouri Photo Workshop. He also works as a graphic designer for a local app development company and aspires to work in commercial photography and design for non-profits with an environmental focus.
Jackie Bell (Director): Jackie Bell is an Associate Professor on the photojournalism faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she has taught for 18 years. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Montana and an Instructor at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She has 15 years of combined experience as a staff photojournalist for The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Tennessean, The Arizona Daily Star and a chain of magazines in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has an MA in Photographic Communication from Ohio University and undergraduate degrees in Spanish Literature and Communications from the University of Michigan.
Brett Slaughter (Web Producer): Brett Slaughter is a 2005 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism photojournalism program. He is a self-taught web programmer, learning Internet technologies and programming during his time at the University of Missouri. Since graduating, he has recognized that his talents with technology outweigh his talents as a photojournalist, and as a result has given up photojournalism in favor of pursuing a career in information technology. He continues to devote a portion of his time to the continuing mission of the College Photographer of the Year program and is always seeking ways to use the web to enhance the contest experience for students worldwide.