Embarking on a study of refactoring — what I’m learning and why

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in Blog | 2 Comments

I finally no longer feel strange when someone calls me a programmer — I have learned to own it. It’s taken me the better part of five years to feel that way, but here we are. At the end of 2011, I wrote a post lamenting my code quality, and I still feel that way, […]

Sharing knowledge with knowledge-lovers

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

Hello again, dear reader! It’s been a long time again. Where does the time go? I’ve been trying an experiment for well, months now. If I engage with the community a bit less, and care for my own learning, about code, journalism, cooking, drawing and well, everything, am I pursuing The Mission less? Will all […]

A letter to my 15-year-old self, celebrating life’s lessons

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Blog | One Comment

“What would you write if you would write a letter to your fifteen-year-old self?” asks the latest prompt from j-carn, a blog carnival I like to participate in occasionally here. When I was fifteen, I had strange dreams. My group of friends and I were the geeky ones who thrived in the classroom. And the […]

Wrapping up ONA13: Learning to own who I am

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Blog | One Comment

Last week, I didn’t sleep much. I mean, that’s every week, but I slept *less* then. After several near all-nighters preparing for epic workshops for the Online News Association’s annual conference in Atlanta, and then going to said conference, talking to all of you constantly and furthering my sleep debt, I’ve spent yesterday and today […]

Learning about…pushing the envelope when paying it forward

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Blog | One Comment

Me: “I think I talked too much on my panel yesterday.” Colleague: “Maybe that’s WHY you keep getting invited to panels.” Me: “Oh.” I talk about The Mission (of data journalism) and paying it forward often on this blog. Smart people tell me that it’s important when I give talks/lead workshops, because it shows a […]

Why I develop in the newsroom

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I believe in the message, and describing that message in the best medium possible. What is the message? It can be many things, but developing in the newsroom affords us the opportunity for the message to be describing what’s going on in the world, things that truly affect us as human beings. As for the […]

ASNE: Data Journalism: The Myths and the Magic

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Must be conference season in DC. Or hotel rooms are cheap because it’s so hot and sticky here. That’s why I’m flying to Vancouver to get out of this humidity for ten days. But before I do, I was honored to speak on a panel yesterday (June 25) at the American Society for Newspaper Editors […]

SPJ JournCamp presentation wrapup: “Drilling into Data”

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Blog | One Comment

Hello, everyone. Greetings from a quick stopover in a busy day in the AP DC bureau, which I’m using for its nice air conditioning, plus a quick update. I just gave a session at the Society for Professional Journalists’ JournCamp here in DC. I was delighted to get to try out a session idea that’s […]

Learning about… algorithms and machine learning with ONADC

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

Algorithms. It’s a fancy word for something I do every day, and you should, too — Getting the computer to do your bidding.

EYEO Festival: Solidifying what I am, and what I seek to become

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

I have five languishing drafts in this blog’s admin interface. One is an unfinished euphoria about the EYEO Festival from last August, when I discovered some amazing videos online, opening my eyes to a new type of work. I never was able to get my thoughts together on this, but I did know I wanted […]