Category: Medill

Interviews and digital solutions from my team’s project at Medill

Posted by – December 19, 2011

Population data as it can be viewed in our interactive Disparity Map display.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, my team at Medill recently completed our project with The Chicago Reporter, developing digital solutions and recommending business strategies to help the magazine be more effective online.

It was a real pleasure to work on. We conducted user research, talked to journalists at news sites and mapped out a thick set of ideas that we believe can help strengthen one of Chicago’s best investigative news sources.

There are three great places you can visit now to learn about the work we did, and they are:

Medill’s website, where you can read an interview with me about our research and final proposals.

• Our Disparity Map, which is an interactive tool we developed to display race, education, income and housing information about Chicago communities.

• And of course, a live recording of our final presentation at the McCormick Tribune Center, where you can see everything explained. It’s about an hour and a half long, though, so find a comfortable chair.

Science reporting from the past year

Posted by – November 21, 2011

I’ve added a few links to the right sidebar today. The year at Medill has allowed me to explore some specialized areas of reporting, including a lot of breaking science news last spring. As you can see, a few of the highlights included:

A piece on the arsenic-based life debate

An article published in the Northwest Indiana Times about the Obama administration’s new labeling system for fuel efficiency standards

ChicagoQuest’s game-based approach to education

A new theory on a one-dimensional universe

The theory behind “virtual water”

Atomic clock improvements

White paper goes live, final presentation to follow

Posted by – November 21, 2011

I feel obligated to mention on here that my group at Medill is in the final weeks of our client-based project looking at non-profit news companies and making recommendations accordingly to The Chicago Reporter. Part of that has involved a great deal of research that has been summarized in a white paper we unveiled last week. So definitely have a look at “Non-Profit Watchdog News: What’s Working?” if that’s the kind of thing that interests you.

The information contained in there addresses revenue, publishing and audience engagement issues that everyone in the news industry faces, but we came out on the other end of our conversations, reading and number-crunching with a list of goals and strategies that can lead to sustainable news operations.

In a couple of weeks, we’ll be making our final presentation, which I’ll also post a link to, as soon as it’s live.