Digital Producer, New England Center for Investigative Reporting | Nov. 2014 – Nov. 2015
- In-depth investigations. Built web layout for longform investigations using WordPress, Atavist and other tools. These investigations included text, sidebars, interactive content, photos, audio and video. My role involved presenting these packages online in a way that was intuitive, beautiful and compelling.
- Data visualizations. Cleaned data and built interactive maps, timelines, graphs, charts and slideshows using tools like TimelineJS, Google Sheets, Google Fusion Tables, CartoDB and Atavist. Oversaw design and implementation of a more complex interactive for NECIR’s “Out of the shadows” investigation by a team that included an editor, a reporter and an outside web development and design firm.
- Site redesign and rebranding. Oversaw technical and some logistical aspects of site redesign, rebuild and rebranding. This involved everything from coordinating with site developers on technical specifications for new site to reviewing wireframes and design files to migrating content, in close coordination with the Director of Audience Engagement and an outside development and design firm.
Independent Journalist | Sept. 2012 – Present
- Washington Post. Reported and wrote a piece on a prominent Tibetan Buddhist leader’s innovative efforts around environmentalism and ministry training that appeared in the Post’s religion section.
- Boston Globe. Wrote a commissioned op-ed for the Globe’s Sunday opinion section on international bodies’ efforts to prosecute U.S. torture and mass surveillance carried out abroad.
- Christian Science Monitor. Contributed lede to Harry Bruinius’s cover story about Twitter harassment. Obtained and reported on emails showing DHS involvement in temporarily shutting down a library-based Tor relay. Wrote other feature stories on topics ranging from Chinese cyber attacks to CIA surveillance policies to potential reforms in U.S. hacking laws.
- Al Jazeera America. Revealed NSA contractors’ disclosure of classified program names in online résumés. Reported on Clinton, Sanders and Trump campaigns in New Hampshire. Covered Senate Intelligence Committee battles over CIA torture reports. Wrote explainers (here and here) on breaking news from NSA leak. Reported on Obama cybersecurity proposals.
- Global Post. Did in-country reporting on economic inequality and human rights in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Reported on wave of self-immolation protests in Tibet and analyzed how the demands of some self-immolators differed from the Dalai Lama’s official negotiating position.
- Interactive content. Created and maintained timeline of Edward Snowden revelations that was picked up by Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian. Created timeline of school shootings after Sandy Hook. Reported interactive map of self-immolations in Tibet.
- Photography. Photos published by New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Tricycle Magazine and Geez Magazine
Editor-in-Chief, Spare Change News | May 2013 – Jan. 2015
- Breaking reporting. Led team that broke news of problems with the Long Island Bridge, a major local story, months before competitors.
- Site redesign. Initiated and oversaw move from outdated, cumbersome Drupal site to contemporary and user-friendly WordPress site.
- Rebranding. Redesigned newspaper’s nameplate, layout, social media logos and website with cleaner, more contemporary branding
- Editing. Assigned and edited stories, wrote headlines and set editorial vision for organization
Web Editor, Spare Change News | Nov. 2012 – May 2013
- Social media. Increased engagement and following on social-media channels, including Facebook and Twitter
- Email blasts. Redesigned bi-weekly email blast for sleeker, more contemporary look.
- Editing. Copyedited and assigned stories and wrote headlines
Co-Editor, Cult/ure: The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School | May 2009 – June 2010
Columnist, The West Georgian | Jan. 2006 – May 2006
Reporter, The West Georgian | Sept. 2002 – May 2003
- Data journalism. Access, Excel, Pivot Tables, Fusion Tables, Google Sheets, Google Maps, Google Earth, CartoDB, Mapbox, Timeline JS, Atavist
- Digital security. GPG, Tor, OTR, File Vault, Tails, KeePassX, Signal, HTTPS, threat modeling
- Web. HTML/CSS, WordPress, Joomla, MediaWiki, Drupal, Dreamweaver CS4
- Multimedia. Photoshop CS 4, GIMP 2.8, Ustream, basic DSLR photography
- Spanish. Basic speaking and reading ability.
- Tibetan. Intermediate reading ability.
Harvard University, M.Div. in Religion and Society and Buddhist Studies | May 2010
University of West Georgia, B.A. in Psychology | May 2006
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