Syria Shattered is a multimedia project I did with Sam Dagher, Nour Malas, Jarrad Cole and Carole Alfarah at The Wall Street Journal. Sam was in Homs, the city called the cradle of the revolution, and the piece tell the stories of everyday Syrians coping with civil war. To capture the devastation I went through hundreds of images of Homs before the conflict, mapped them and shared them with Sam who went back and shot the 'after' images. Additionally, to bring readers closer to the arc of the revolution we used video shot by citizens during the uprising. Our hope was that readers would find themselves in the subjects and their stories. Please do set aside some time to explore this work, and if you find it meaningful please do share it. Click to view Syria Shattered
The Billion Dollar Startup Club
This is a project I did at The Wall Street Journal with Scott Austin and Chris Canipe. Our challenge with this interactive database was to make a visualization that told the story quickly and packed a punch, and at the same time provide readers with information about the companies so they would return again and again. The editors wanted 'something that will draw people in' so the visualization you see at the top (or here below if you are on mobile) arose from the tremendous pressure I felt to deliver develop something unique. The project has proven wildly successful. Click to view The Billion Dollar Startup Club
The Drug Next Door
In 2013 I was West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism's first Ogden Newspapers Innovator-in-Residence...Which means I got to teach an experimental journalism class! We made a data-driven mobile-first multimedia story about the use of ADHD medications as study aids on campus. Each class had a guest journalism lecturer, so I got to invite lots of people I admire in the industry to speak. The students used poll data to drive the reporting, and video and audio and illustration to create the narrative we called 'The Drug Next Door.' Since we were trying to capture the culture around the drug use of one our solutions for visuals was to use memes. And, we pulled in Twitter #Adderallhadme and #Adderall on Instagram so the project is always live.
Trials is a ten-chapter 18,000 word immersive multimedia piece, reported and written by Amy Dockser-Marcus about families fighting for treatment for their children stricken with a rare disease. As the visual editor I spent months partnering with Amy and the subjects, gathering material, working through the narrative and ultimately building the interactive. We wanted a quiet treatment for the story. The images were meant to instill a sense of intimacy and stay out of the way of the subject matter. Working on this piece changed how I think about a data. I wrote a little about that here. Trials is a great read and a compelling story. I hope you'll spend some time with it.
What They Know
I was fortunate enough to be part of a WSJ series lead by the unstoppable reporter Julia Angwin called 'What They Know' on internet privacy and how trackers, cookies and our datastream are being intercepted along with our browsing habits. The stories were ahead of their time, before Wikileaks, before the rise of Anonymous and before some of the major hacks of this decade. Andrew Garcia Phillips and I made several visualization online -- that I can now only share as static images since we were working in flash! We won a Loeb Award, but more importantly, we exposed the how companies were scooping up the trail left by our browsing habits.
Activist Investor Report Card
This was a special data project at the WSJ trying to answer the question of what impact an activist campaign has on the target companies and the economy. In the end, it looks very simple but it's hard to convey how complex this project was. We spend months scrubbing datasets, changing measures and timeframes and analyzing the information so we could distill it and present it as a resource to our readers. Credit to David Benoit, the lead reporter and Colleen McEnany for development. Click to view the interactive here
The Wall Street Journal
In addition to some of my digital project which are on this site, here are some examples of print work I've done at the Journal. One of my favorite gigs was working on a weekly feature off the news called, you guessed it, 'This Week.' It was a chance to find a different angle on stories that readers were buzzing about, do a little data reporting, a little writing and some visual storytelling. Also included here are some breaking news graphics. It's always amazing to me when I look back on it, what one can accomplish in a day under deadline pressure.
My first year at Fortune I spent repeating everything I learned at the Times. By my second year, I realized the rules were mine to make and bend and break, so I started experimenting and finding my own voice. It was a deeply creative time for me, it opened new pathways in my brain. Besides learning to make magazines, I got to collaborate with the smart folks at CNNMoney and work on the redesign of Fortune.com.
The New York Times
It's hard to explain the place The New York Times has in my heart. It's a news organization that has a culture of mentoring and I was blessed to learn from some of the best journalists in the world. There's no way I can sum up 15 years of work on one web page, so I've included some samples of some of my more ambitious print graphics. At the Times graphics editors do their own reporting, so these are pieces I pitched and produced.