Daniel Gin Sian Mung (Coordinator): Daniel Gin Sian Mung is a second-year graduate student studying photojournalism at the University of Missouri. Prior to enrolling in grad school, Daniel worked for 3 years as a Communications Associate based out of New Delhi for World Vision India (an NGO working for children.) He aspires to produce stories from the under-reported Northeastern region of India, which he calls home.
Phu Nguyen (Coordinator): Phu Nguyen is a first-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.
India Garrish (Blog Editor/Social Media Volunteer): India Garrish is a second-year undergraduate student studying photojournalism at the University of Missouri. She is also a photography assistant for a photography business in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Previous to her time at CPOY, she worked at the online publication Selling to the Masses as a writer. She has also worked with MU Residential Life as a Peer Advisor and with the program to promote the fine arts through photography. India aspires to work at a major publication in the humanitarian and politics beats, but is currently gaining more experience with photography and editing.
Jackie Bell (Director): Jackie Bell is an Associate Professor on the photojournalism faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she has taught for 17 years. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Montana. 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 an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Ross Taylor (Moderator): Ross Taylor is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously, he was a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was the inaugural fellow in the Multimedia, Photography and Design Department at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, where for his Master's project he undertook a series of films made in a local burn unit. He is also the co-director of the documentary short film, "55 days." In 2012, he was named the NPPA Photojournalist of the Year in the association's national Best of Photojournalism competition.
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.