Jeremy Zilar is an editorial strategist, designer, and engineer in New York City.
He is currently the Director of Digital.gov, a program out of the General Services Administration (GSA) aimed at providing government with the resources, training, and tools for building better, digitial services.
In 2006, Jeremy was hired at The New York Times to design, build, and integrate blogs into The New York Times. He proceeded to design and develop a scalable framework for creative online publishing on NYTimes.com while setting out to teach writers and editors across the Times about the ethics of online publishing.
He also established the first guidelines in the Times' newsroom for moderating reader comments and interaction.
Jeremy has been behind much of the way The New York Times covers live events and breaking news.
During the 2006 The World Cup, Jeremy lead the Times' first live, real-time coverage of a news event. Since then, he has helped shape the coverage of 2 Presidential Elections, 4 Olympic Games, 3 World Cups, 1 Mars landing, multiple hurricanes — both near and far, countless breaking news events, crossword tournaments, Apple live events, fashion shows and debates.
In 2011, Jeremy was part of a team in the newsroom charged with building out a network of local news blogs in the New York region, starting with two; one in Maplewood, N.J and the other in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
In the second year, the project pivoted to work with students from Jay Rosen's Studio 20 program at NYU and CUNY's Journalism program.
For many years, Jeremy has been working with the Times' cross-platform traffic data into accessible dashboards and displays that help editors to understand our audience, digest real-time information about out stories, and help them take reasonable actions based off this data.
Understanding audience starts with asking the right questions of your data.
I designed, built, architected and coordinated the launch of InSite, The Times’ internal, company news and documentation site.
I have been fortunate to play a part in the realization of a remarkable project by Tavi Gevinson. In September 2011, I was approached by a group of talented friends and colleagues in New York City who were trying to get Tavi's new site Rookie designed, developed and launched in less than a month. I helped to bring together a supporting team of developers, designers to build Rookie from the ground up. I continue to be an advisor and mentor to the project.
From 2011—2014, Jeremy was the Board Chair of Communication and Design at Maple Street School, a Cooperative Pre-School in Brooklyn, New York.
As chair, he restructured the communication and technology across the school and redesigned the school's identity, website and application process.
He now serves on the school's Advisory Board.