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 […]

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 […]

Universities should apply expertise to explain complex topics

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

News doesn’t always come in quick bursts, focusing on THE HOT STORY on a given day. If we’re telling stories about our world, there’s got to be more than “feeding the beast”. What about helping the public understand a large issue, as opposed to a soundbyte, or in addition to an anecdotal story? This is […]

Looking back on a year: What now?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

I realize New Years posts are completely overdone. And I really wanted my next post to be about how to use a JQuery library to make interactive tables. And I’m working on that. But I’d like to ask you to indulge me for the next few minutes, as I take a step back to reflect […]

“I do not believe programming replaces the story” No, no, no!!!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

I placed this comment in response to Robert Hernandez’s post on OJR re: whether journalists should be delving into databases and programming. I hope to write more on this later, but my greater issue is at the separation of coding and storytelling. OJR’s posting policy means my comment is pending approval, so I’m posting here […]