A look at the population changes in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina.
An investigation into the resurgence of methamphetamine production in Illinois. The radio piece for this series won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best investigative reporting in a small market (2014).
An examination of bridge infrastructure in Illinois and Champaign County that found the bridges most in need of repair often went years before receiving funding or repairs.
The life of one farmer who represents the new normal: part-time farming.
The technology and the team behind an effort to restore Roger Ebert’s voice after he lost it to thyroid cancer.
I combined Stripe payment processing and Salesforce donor tracking to create a donation system for The Lens. This required combining an Nginx server with an SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt to allow for secure, HTTPS traffic.
For the past few years, we have published live election results for Louisiana and New Orleans using precinct-level maps. This includes an automated data processing script and front-end visualization of the election data. This election coverage has been the subject of a successful crowdfunding campaign and has been sold to news outlets in New Orleans and Louisiana.
An interactive way for readers to see how a proposed tax increase would affect their tax bills.
This project combined text, photos and interactive design to present the stories of planned and unexpected demolitions in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The project drew on FEMA databases, archived photos and on-the-ground reporting.
A daily web scraper and searchable archive of property sales. New land sales are geocoded and plotted on a map.
An interactive version of Gambit’s annual Best Bars issue, presented as a quiz to differentiate between the various types of bars.
A daily web scraper that downloads all of the City of New Orleans’ new contracts and stores them in a fully searchable archive.
The online presentation for Gambit’s annual Best of New Orleans issue.
A collection of data visualizations I have created while practicing D3 and Adobe Illustrator.
This is a fully scripted geographic data-processing pipeline for Louisiana and New Orleans. It combines a Makefile and command-line tools to download and convert raw geographic data into Shapefile, GeoJSON and TopoJSON file formats. This was created to eliminate duplicate work and increase development speed for new graphics.
Erin Skarda and I discussed our experiences with hiring and including developers in newsrooms. We talked about why they are important, why they are worth the investment and how they can boost the newsroom.
A hands-on workshop teaching Google Fusion Tables.
A presentation arguing the case that journalists should continue to advance their data skills even when they are proficient at Excel.