I am a Chicagoan who ended up studying at the University of Minnesota – where there is no worthy deep-dish pizza in town. I grew up with the day’s paper in one hand and a programming book in the other. Since moving to Minneapolis, my interests have grown closer together.
I figured I’d have to choose between journalism and computer science when I arrived at college, but my journalism professor told me to pursue both. I couldn’t have gotten better advice.
A few months later, I stumbled upon a blog post by the news apps team at the Chicago Tribune, and I knew exactly what career I wanted to pursue. I still remember the feeling: Someone else recognized the potential for computation to change journalism. I had to help.
I fell in love with the field of computational journalism and attended as many conferences and meetups as I could fit into my schedule. I worked as a copy editor and later online manager at our student newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, and I presently work at MinnPost as a jack-of-all-digital-trades.
This summer I will be an intern at the Seattle Times as a digital news producer, where I will work with reporters to realize the potential of the digital platform, creating data project, maps and interactive story formats.
I couldn’t be happier to be studying the intersection of my two biggest interests. After all, who wouldn’t want to do what they love – especially for the betterment of democracy?