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

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | 17 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 | 16 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.

Oh, hi, blog readers — it’s been a while!

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

Today, I am a quarter of a century old. No longer can I claim to be in my early 20s. No longer can I claim to be a frequent blog writer either, as it closes in on two months since my last post. I could make up excuses. I’m learning to conquer Fusion Tables and […]

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 […]