I’m speaking at NICAR (come anyway!)

Posted by on Dec 9, 2010 in Blog, CAR | No Comments

We can talk about journalism until the sun sets on the last printing press, but doing > talking. That’s why I’m fortunate to have found a great playground at PBS in DC. But I wouldn’t be able to attempt half of my experiments without the support of another community – NICAR. The acronym stands for […]

Are time-intensive story presentations worthwhile?

Posted by on Dec 3, 2010 in Blog, pbsnews.org | No Comments

My new post on PBS NewsBlog argues yes (not shocking if you know me). A sample: “If a story is posted on a news site, and no one cares, was there a point? Sometimes, us newsies wonder what the modern audience is looking for, and how to best convey interesting and engaging information. You shouldn’t […]

“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 […]

Join the data convo at PBS NewsNav

Posted by on Nov 23, 2010 in Blog, pbsnews.org | No Comments

When I last spoke about my new shiny data journo job in the outskirts of DC known as Arlington, I said it was a dream come true. A month later, I stand by that statement, and say I couldn’t have imagined just how great it would be. I now even have teammates, and we have […]

Using Google spreadsheets as your database

Posted by on Nov 22, 2010 in Blog, data visualizations | 22 Comments

UPDATE 2/7/12: The whole, copyable script has been added to the bottom of this post, at the request of a few folks. Hopefully that’s helpful. The database is a key part of data journalism.  We spend a good amount of time making structured of the unstructured, and then we need to shove it somewhere so […]

Tools to help bring data to your journalism

Posted by on Nov 8, 2010 in Blog, data visualizations | 6 Comments

NOTE: This entry was modified on the evening of 11/9/10 to deal with typos and missing words, resulting from posting this too late the previous night.  Sleep deprivation isn’t always a good thing — although it allows one to do things more fun than sleep.  Like play with data. Note to self: Be more careful […]

We must understand our news content as data

Posted by on Oct 16, 2010 in Blog, data visualizations | 2 Comments

Building data-driven websites has many different applications, and to say that I’m close to mastering all the needed techniques would be a lie.  But if there’s one thing I learned from my “summer” internship at the LA Times, it’s that with some persistence, curiosity and masterful Googling, you can find what you need to know. […]

Heading to PBS: Dreams do come true

Warning: This will be long, and sappy, and sentimental, and all things cliche. But, hopefully, it’s still uplifting and interesting. My “summer” internship at the LA Times is almost over. It’s lasted from April until now, and I could stay longer. I swore you’d have to drag me out of “dream internship” kicking and screaming, […]

The power of linkable data apps (my second LAT app)

Story of my life: This is a few weeks overdue. Launched a new app at the beginning of this month, tracking Prop 19 campaign contributions, which you can see at http://projects.latimes.com/prop19

Journ curricula’s need for transition isn’t unique

Posted by on Sep 16, 2010 in Blog, CAR, education, programming, theory, web | No Comments

Despite being months out of school, I’m still relatively obsessed with teaching and learning. That’s part of what makes journalism these days fun — we learn about our subject matters, and we learn new tools for information display. But the training of new journos has a special place in my heart. Every day, I benefit […]