Oh, hi, blog readers — it’s been a while!

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

Today, I am a quarter of a century old. No longer can I claim to be in my early 20s. No longer can I claim to be a frequent blog writer either, as it closes in on two months since my last post. I could make up excuses. I’m learning to conquer Fusion Tables and […]

Gantt rant: Advice on agile project management

Posted by on Mar 29, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | One Comment

As a switch from my usual rambling blog post, an interesting Twitter conversation leads me to give you…my usual rambling blog post as a Storify with embedded tweets.  Enjoy my lesson of the day!  This is dedicated to the data journalism community that teaches me every day. Thanks, all!

My (quickly formed) vision for a journ-prog curriculum

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

I’ve written about a curriculum for people looking to be exposed to — and perhaps specialize — in data journalism before.  But last week on Twitter, Dave Stanton (@gotoplanb) asked a slightly different question — what would the curriculum look like if you were a journo-interested student wanting to learn programming to tell stories from […]

My Role at PBS: Datavangelizing to Local Stations

Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Time for an update on the world of PBS!  PBSNews.org, the national site I was working on, has been put on hold while we focus our attention on serving journalism at local stations.  This has long been a component of our project, but it is now a priority which we’re focusing on heavily. What does […]

Why I really love NICAR (and the New York Times)

Posted by on Feb 28, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | One Comment

While discussing the rambly nature of this blog, Heather Billings and I decided late at night it might be time to change the tagline to “A Data Ghetto of my Thoughts.”  I thought some here might appreciate this. Today marks my triumphant, yet sad, return from the NICAR conference in Raleigh.  There was a frightening […]

An inside look at life at PBS News

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011 in Blog, pbsnews.org, programming, theory | No Comments

Our industry of “news application development” is still in its infancy.  As I’m given the freedom to reinvent how we do news apps over at PBS News, I’m relying heavily on staying plugged in to what’s going on elsewhere in the community.  What have people done so far?  How is it going?  What have they […]

DataStories: How I Envision News Apps 2.0

Posted by on Feb 13, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

When we last met, dear reader, I *may* have gone into a frighteningly long rant on the state of news apps.  It’s a conversation that came up again this Friday on Twitter, and it just reminded me how lucky I am (I’ll say it again and again) to be in my current environment. But I […]

News apps: Are we doing it right?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

This is officially the longest post I’ve ever written, and I hope not to repeat it. About 2500 words. I’m sorry. If that annoys you, well, it’s my blog. But when someone from the group of journos you expect to have a secure job..doesn’t–It calls everything into question. Here is the reaction to a wake-up […]

PBS post: Sharing our work, does it make “Census”?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Blog, pbsnews.org | No Comments

Yes, my editor has an affinity for puns and actually encourages the type of behavior in the headline. Breaking out of the typical j-school mold a little more each day (but little about me is typical to begin with). I was delighted to hear that USA Today, and more specifically data journalist-colleagues Anthony DeBarros and […]

Making the structured usable: Transform JSON into a CSV

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Blog, programming | 14 Comments

Nothing too groundbreaking here, if you’re a coder, but this was interesting to me in my coding development. This weekend, I pounded away at the Document Cloud API, experimenting with how we might integrate it into our continually-developing workflow at PBS News. This taught me a) the DC folks have some of the clearest documentation […]