Answering some FAQs about Fusion Tables

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I’ve recently gotten a few questions about Fusion Tables via email.  I’ll keep the questioners anonymous, but I think it’s worth sharing these answers with the community. Some questions paraphrased. Can I embed something with HTML/CSS/JavaScript using the Layer Builder on my Google Sites page/page that doesn’t play well with JavaScript? This is part of […]

Conferences: How can we help more people feel dumb?

Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

UPDATE: More of my thoughts on this are peppered in the comment section of a fantastic post on this subject by Matt Waite, posted after I published this.  I think he may have a solution to the issue I lament here.  You go read now.   But before you do, I’d also like to make […]

Journonerd Crisis: Where am I, and where am I going? (ONA Wrapup)

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Conferences. They’re a time to reflect, to break out of the bubble. The Online News Association conference always seems to fall at a weird time for me. Last year, a week after I started PBS. This year, a month after I started at the AP (the team literally branded my big blue hat with an […]

This work I do, it’s difficult, and that’s okay

Posted by on Sep 3, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I always said I wanted a challenge. People told me to go where I could learn. And now that I’ve been thrown into the Washington bureau of the Associated Press, I got my wish. And let me tell you, I’ve had some of the toughest days (intellectually) in the last two weeks. Because this work […]

Thoughts on starting a new adventure

Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I spent the last week in New York getting acclimated to my new journalistic home — The Associated Press. I am overwhelmed, exhausted, exhilarated, excited and oh-so-grateful to have landed there. How to describe it? I feel like we’re leading a revolution, reminding me of a certain passage from Les Miserables: “Who will join in […]

How to make a non-Flash intensity map in Fusion Tables

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 16 Comments

I’ve recently become very, very intimately acquainted with the advanced innards of Google Fusion Tables in a very unhealthy way. You think I’m joking, but I’m not. One of the coolest visualizations Fusion Tables (I’ll say FT from this point forward) is capable of would be its Intensity Map option. Automatically pull in the shapes […]

How to combine multiple Fusion Tables into one map

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 14 Comments
I had the privilege of visiting Derek Willis’ Digital Frameworks class last week — a hallowed room that started my own data journalism journey. As most of you know, I’m unable to sit and merely observe (sorry, Derek!), so I ended up chiming in. One student explained that she was working on a Fusion Table […]

Hope: Recognizing what you can and can’t change

Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

As I sit here at PBS, the day before my last, full of a delicious ice cream cupcake courtesy of Christine Montgomery, who somehow turned my last staff meeting into a Michelle farewell party (embarrassed!), many emotions swirl through my head. On Monday, I’ll be on 33rd Street in Manhattan, in a giant building with […]

What’s it like looking for a programmer-journalist job?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking in the last week, as I worked through the final steps of an interview process with the Associated Press.  The job hunt has been a long one, and there are some points that I think are worth considering. I’m still fairly early in my career.  I hear that […]

The Associated Press: Next stop on the journey

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I’ve restarted this post three times, because I’m still in shock. Maybe I’ll just keep it simple and not rambling, for once, I’ve accepted a position at the Associated Press as an Interactive Producer.