I realize I haven’t been posting here for some time. That’s because I’ve been posting elsewhere! Here’s some of what I’ve been up to, mostly in the last six months or so:
Good old-fashioned journalism:
- The NSA Surveillance FAQ. A summary of all the mess of stories, leaks, and laws. My first piece for ProPublica.
- Everything you always wanted to know about gun violence in America, for The Atlantic.
- The Whole Dysfunctional National Conversation About Guns—on Twitter … in One Interactive Graph. A social network content analysis, showing extreme polarization.
Writing about journalism, for the Nieman Journalism Lab:
- Metrics, metrics everywhere: How do we measure the impact of journalism? Finalist for the 2013 Mirror Awards.
- Objectivity and the decades-long shift from “just the facts” to “what does it mean?”
- How does a country get to open data? What Taiwan can teach us about the evolution of access.
Work at the intersection of data and journalism:
- Computer Science and Journalism: Two great tastes that taste great together. Public lecture at the University of Hong Kong.
- Computational Journalism, all lectures, readings and assigments for the 8-part course I taught in Hong Kong (and will teach again at Columbia this fall.)
- Text analysis in transparency, a talk at the Sunlight Foundation. Bonus: includes a discussion of impact in transparency projects.
- How a computer can organize thousands of documents for a reporter, about Overview, the document mining system I’m working on.
So, yeah, I’ve been busy.