Ben Welsh on Muck Rack

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Downtown L.A.
Database Producer — LA Times
Covers:  Energy, Data, Politics, Money In Politics, Public Safety

Database producer for the Los Angeles Times Data Desk. Editor and publisher of http://palewi.re and http://pastpages.org

Ben Welsh's Biography

I am a reporter, albeit an unconventional one.

I specialize in what is called computer-assisted reporting. Journalists in the past were often hack novelists. I'm a hack computer programmer. I use computers to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information.

I work at the Los Angeles Times, a daily newspaper and 24-hour website based in Southern California.

I am also the editor and publisher of PastPages, an ...

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What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Python, PostGIS, Django, HTML, JavaScript

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

No.
Aug 22, 2014

RT @alanhagman: UPDATE: U.S. Copyright Office says photos taken by monkeys can't be copyrighted. lat.ms/1pP0y9P pic.twitter.com/IC1elvGTJZ

Aug 21, 2014

RT @KevinBogardus: Latest EPA poop scoop with @samrpearson: 'Terrified' employees, 'beyond gross' vandalism in troubled regional office bit.ly/1piRn1v

Aug 21, 2014

@brianboyer And that's why cable news is nothing but people riffing off the cuff into a camera.

Aug 21, 2014

@brianboyer Now think on this: That basic realization puts you ahead of most newspaper execs who see video as easy route to revenue.

Aug 21, 2014

@jeremybowers @ivarvong @veltman Maybe time have changed but I suspect that at NICAR most folks have no language.



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