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 […]

My newest side project: I’m doing it “For Journalism”

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Blog | 11 Comments

The pipeline problem The Mission. Why I wake up every day. To do good work. I live in the intersection of data, journalism, technology and policy. Earlier this week, when deciding what to attack next, project-wise, I was given the following advice. “Pick something innovative, that will challenge your skillset and push this organization forward.” […]

Learning how to…sort a JavaScript/JSON object with Underscore

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I received an interesting question from Greg Papuga the other day, on a long ago post for creating a dynamic table off of a Google spreadsheet (wow, that code is messy. eek.) When receiving the spreadsheet data as JSON, Greg wonders if he can sort this incoming JSON by date. That is, dates were entered in […]

Election 2012: What I learned making an auto-updating results map

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Blog | 3 Comments

“I had a dream, in time gone by…” of playing with the “big kids” on Election Night. I thought it’d be fun to pass that time in Washington, DC itself. I thought making an auto-updating results map would be THE thing that proved I was a “real” programmer. When I wrote a post announcing my […]

Making the ONA conference MY ONA conference

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Greetings from Chicago, where I’m hanging out for a bit after a whirlwind few days at the Online News Association conference in San Francisco! I had a fantastic time re-connecting with many of my friends and colleagues across the United States and the world. It was great to see so many of you. In a […]

Finding your “intellectual home”

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Greetings! This post is coming to you just off of a panel I gave with Dan Victor during the Career Summit portion of the Online News Association’s conference in 2012. I’m writing this beforehand, so not sure what I actually rambled about, but I have notes, and I thought I’d write a short piece on […]