Announcement from Design Director Greg Manifold and Deputy Design Director Brian Gross:

The Design department is excited to announce that J.J. Alcantara will be joining us as a designer.

J.J. has been a member of the Emerging News team since 2015 — first as a designer for the national app and since 2017 for the daily Snapchat Discover edition. He has impressed with his animation work, speed, adaptability and his passion for storytelling — all skills that will suit him in his new role designing projects for the website, newspaper and social platforms.

J.J. has won multiple awards from the Society for News Design for his Snapchat work — including two silver medals in 2017 — and is a finalist in the Social Platforms category for this year’s Society of Publication Designers contest.

J.J. is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where he majored in communication studies with minors in Italian and film. He previously worked at The Arizona Republic where he met his wife, Post designer Courtney Kan. They live in D.C. with their dog, Rey.