Thursday, February 5, 2015

SNRE names outstanding employee

Jeff Fay, media specialist, has been selected the SNRE Employee of the Quarter for October through December 2014.

Jeff Fay, media specialist, hard at work.
In the 17 years Fay has been making educational videos for Cooperative Extension Service, he has produced a myriad of products and learned a lot about being patient.

Born in Anchorage, Fay came to Fairbanks in 1967. He got interested in photography during high school and studied journalism at UAF. He was on air for the campus radio station and then KUAC, where he worked his way up to TV crew chief. He later joined a private video production company. During two decades of freelancing, he began filming for Extension and eventually joined the staff full time.

He’s seen a lot of changes in technology over the years but said one constant has been the nice people he works with. “Most people I’m working with don’t have experience making videos and I try to help them understand the process,” he said. “It may be a five-minute video but it takes time to produce it.”
Jeff likes the variety of his job. “It’s not the same thing every day,” he said. The challenging part is helping people have realistic expectations. “I want to make videos that are interesting and exciting. I want to take pride in producing a really good product.”

When not working, Fay can be found on the slopes of Mount Aurora Skiland where he is either skiing, doing the ski report or maintaining trails. “Skiing is life for me,” he said. “It’s what keeps me sane.”

Co-workers said:

“Jeff has high professional standards and is very knowledgeable about video production and editing. He is also good-natured, responsive to questions and is always looking for innovative solutions to problems. He is a pro and an Extension ambassador.”

“He handles multiple deadlines well, rarely complains and stays professional. His work is outstanding. He perseveres through changing deadlines and priorities to create quality productions.”

“Extension is very lucky to have such a talented, experienced and highly qualified videographer. Without Jeff and his videography, editing and producing of digital media, Extension would have significantly less visibility and outreach to our constituents.”

To view some of the videos Fay has created, visit here.

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