Be the LA Times’ next “Data app producer intern”

Posted by on Jan 2, 2011 in Blog, CAR, django, education | 3 Comments

Imagine for a minute that you’re a journalism student, about to launch into the “real world.” You dream of a way ot bring readers interactive experiences that make the most of the facts behind a story. You admire the kind of work they’re doing at the New York Times, ProPublica, Chicago Tribune, the St. Petersburg […]

I’m speaking at NICAR (come anyway!)

Posted by on Dec 9, 2010 in Blog, CAR | No Comments

We can talk about journalism until the sun sets on the last printing press, but doing > talking. That’s why I’m fortunate to have found a great playground at PBS in DC. But I wouldn’t be able to attempt half of my experiments without the support of another community – NICAR. The acronym stands for […]

Journ curricula’s need for transition isn’t unique

Posted by on Sep 16, 2010 in Blog, CAR, education, programming, theory, web | No Comments

Despite being months out of school, I’m still relatively obsessed with teaching and learning. That’s part of what makes journalism these days fun — we learn about our subject matters, and we learn new tools for information display. But the training of new journos has a special place in my heart. Every day, I benefit […]

Hosting #wjchat — Finding the story in the data

UPDATE: More later, but if you missed the geekery and fantastic exchange of knowledge that you get with a phenomenally sharp, inquisitive and dedicated group like the #wjchatters, you can find the transcript here. Tomorrow, Wed. Sept. 8, we’ll be discussing “Finding the story in the data” at #wjchat, and I have been tapped to […]

First LAT app (or the butterfly on my windowsill) So, there’s that. First launch! My checklist: Figure out what part of journalism inspires me. CHECK (Data, programming) Find place where I can learn about it from others, but have freedom to try out my ideas and learn from knowledgeable and patient folks. CHECK (LAT) Use this opportunity to learn enough about programming to […]

Data Delver: Andy Boyle, St. Petersburg Times

The last Data Delver I have on tap is Andy Boyle.  If you’re in the online journalism sphere on Twitter, you know this name, or at least, @andymboyle.  But let’s say you don’t.  If I introduce him as a reporter, that’s not the full picture.  A developer?  That’s not it either.  Web-savvy journo?  Still, nope.  […]

Data Delver: Cheryl Phillips, Seattle Times

Programming note: This Data Delver series was a lot more regular before I actually became a “Data Delver.” This is one of two interviews that’s been sitting in my draft pile.  I spoke to Cheryl Phillips back in March 2010, and the below interview should be interpreted in that context.  Sorry for the delay, Cheryl, […]

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…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, […]

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 […]