Post IRE wrap-up + shameless self-promotion

Posted by on Jun 13, 2010 in Blog, theory | 2 Comments

UPDATE: This update brought to you by Vegas airport wi-fi. Added additional female programmer to my list below, thanks to a tip in the comments from the ever-present-in-my-life Derek Willis *waves*.  Do any of you know others I should add to the list? Also fixed minor typos and omitted words, and added a few links […]

J-school: It’s relevant but demands you take charge

I love journalism shop-talk chat, really.  Of course, I’d rather be DOING the journalism, but it’s important to see where others are at, and it’s kind of fun to feel like part of the club, and dream about the future.  The #wjchat chats on Twitter emerged about the same time my data journey started, but […]

Spreading the data word…via Poynter

Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Blog, CAR, data visualizations | No Comments

If you didn’t see it on Twitter, or on poynter.org…I’m writing articles for Poynter’s website on data journalism.  The first is on how to use OutWit Hub, a Firefox extension to help you scrape Web sites even if you don’t have programming knowledge. I just needed something to do with my ever abundant free time, […]

Note to self: Real world journo-coding lessons

Notice how your Google reader got a bit emptier than usual?  Didn’t think so.  But it recently occured to me that I haven’t posted in eons.  Why is that? Part of it has been the chaos of moving, spending time exploring LA.  The other part is that I’m finally walking the walk every day.  I […]

Data Delver: Paul Monies, The Oklahoman

Posted by on Apr 11, 2010 in Blog, CAR, data delvers | One Comment

In journalism, we talk a lot about the concept of the “one-man band.” The idea often refers to multi-platform journalism — it means being able to deliver a story in print, video, audio or online format. You must be able to do it all, and do it all well. But in the CAR world, plenty […]

Columbia’s new joint MS: Good start, but no panacea

We’ve been retweeting it and raving about it all day in the data community – Columbia has made a big, big step forward in data journalism education by offering a new joint masters in journalism and computer science.  We can add modules to existing curricula all we want, but this is a giant leap.  There […]

Women with coding skills are no Passover miracle

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in Blog, theory | One Comment

Today, at sunset, the Jewish people mark the end of Passover. I know the High Holy Days are the most, well, holy, but I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Passover. The English major in me likes that everything has symbolism (salt water, matzo, lamb bone, etc.), the journalist in me loves […]

Data Delver: Phil Meyer

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in Blog, CAR, data delvers | 2 Comments

Using programming to enhance and improve journalism is often thought of as a new phenomenon — the rise of the pro-jo, or programmer-journalist. But as anyone in the CAR community can tell you, using computers for reporting is far from a new idea. One of the pioneers of the movement, decades ago, was Phil Meyer. […]

Using Javascript for interactive Google charts

Posted by on Mar 29, 2010 in Blog, programming | No Comments

Want to provide interactive graphs to news consumers quickly and easily on platforms that simply don’t support Flash?  Enter the “hidden power of Javascript,” a key component of the Google Visualization API.  It was the subject of a recent “Lightning Talk” I gave at NICAR 2010 in Phoenix.  My slides and a more thorough walk-through […]

Data Delver: Mark Schaver, Louisville Courier

Posted by on Mar 28, 2010 in Blog, CAR, data delvers | No Comments

It’s all very simple for me to sit in front of my computer and proclaim myself a data journalist, or a programmer-journalist for that matter. I’ve spent a lot of time discovering my love for creating data-driven applications. But for many CAR reporters, the role of Web developer has chosen them as the field has […]