What’s regex again? Why should journos care?

Posted by on Sep 6, 2010 in Blog, programming | 3 Comments

My days continue to putter along at the delightful dream job that is working at the LAT Data Desk. Some work is public-facing, a lot is internal to the LAT, but it’s always a learning experience. Recently, I had the opportunity (okay, was tasked with) getting some information out of our archives into a database […]

Fighting for my life: The largest battle I ever won

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Blog, health, theory | No Comments

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching recently, and coding.  Trying to remember why I decided to learn how to program.  It was always for journalism.  Never transitioning out of the profession, only transitioning within it, and helping it to transition. I’ve been paying rapt attention to the journey of designer/journalist Chris Courtney.  He’s […]

First LAT app (or the butterfly on my windowsill)

http://projects.latimes.com/prop8 So, there’s that. First launch! My checklist: Figure out what part of journalism inspires me. CHECK (Data, programming) Find place where I can learn about it from others, but have freedom to try out my ideas and learn from knowledgeable and patient folks. CHECK (LAT) Use this opportunity to learn enough about programming to […]

Data Delver: Andy Boyle, St. Petersburg Times

The last Data Delver I have on tap is Andy Boyle.  If you’re in the online journalism sphere on Twitter, you know this name, or at least, @andymboyle.  But let’s say you don’t.  If I introduce him as a reporter, that’s not the full picture.  A developer?  That’s not it either.  Web-savvy journo?  Still, nope.  […]

Data Delver: Cheryl Phillips, Seattle Times

Programming note: This Data Delver series was a lot more regular before I actually became a “Data Delver.” This is one of two interviews that’s been sitting in my draft pile.  I spoke to Cheryl Phillips back in March 2010, and the below interview should be interpreted in that context.  Sorry for the delay, Cheryl, […]

Post IRE wrap-up + shameless self-promotion

Posted by on Jun 13, 2010 in Blog, theory | 2 Comments

UPDATE: This update brought to you by Vegas airport wi-fi. Added additional female programmer to my list below, thanks to a tip in the comments from the ever-present-in-my-life Derek Willis *waves*.  Do any of you know others I should add to the list? Also fixed minor typos and omitted words, and added a few links […]

J-school: It’s relevant but demands you take charge

I love journalism shop-talk chat, really.  Of course, I’d rather be DOING the journalism, but it’s important to see where others are at, and it’s kind of fun to feel like part of the club, and dream about the future.  The #wjchat chats on Twitter emerged about the same time my data journey started, but […]

Spreading the data word…via Poynter

Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Blog, CAR, data visualizations | No Comments

If you didn’t see it on Twitter, or on poynter.org…I’m writing articles for Poynter’s website on data journalism.  The first is on how to use OutWit Hub, a Firefox extension to help you scrape Web sites even if you don’t have programming knowledge. I just needed something to do with my ever abundant free time, […]

Note to self: Real world journo-coding lessons

Notice how your Google reader got a bit emptier than usual?  Didn’t think so.  But it recently occured to me that I haven’t posted in eons.  Why is that? Part of it has been the chaos of moving, spending time exploring LA.  The other part is that I’m finally walking the walk every day.  I […]

Data Delver: Paul Monies, The Oklahoman

Posted by on Apr 11, 2010 in Blog, CAR, data delvers | One Comment

In journalism, we talk a lot about the concept of the “one-man band.” The idea often refers to multi-platform journalism — it means being able to deliver a story in print, video, audio or online format. You must be able to do it all, and do it all well. But in the CAR world, plenty […]