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Downtown L.A.
Database Producer — LA Times
As seen in:  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.

L.A. Fire Department response times slow, data shows

latimes.com — Waits for 911 medical help in Los Angeles increased slightly this year, signaling no measurable progress on Mayor Eric Garcetti's campaign pledge to speed up Fire Department responses to emergencies, according to city statistics released Thursday. Garcetti presented the new figures at a news conference in which he and Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas praised LAFD efforts to overhaul how the agency gauges its performance.

No progress on LAFD 911 response times, new data show

latimes.com — Waits for 911 medical help in Los Angeles have increased slightly this year, signaling no measurable progress toward Mayor Eric Garcetti's campaign pledge to speed up Fire Department responses to emergencies, according to city statistics released Thursday.

l.a. county should just say no to pdfs . palewire

palewi.re — The L.A. County Department of Public Health is publishing its list of the locations where people in high risk groups can receive a swine flu vaccination exclusively in PDF form. Taxpayers deserve better.

The Los Angeles Dodgers clinch the 2014 NL West title

youtube.com — On Sept. 25, 2014, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-1 with Clayton Kershaw earning the win. Here Brian Wilson is on the mound as the Dodgers make the final out, which sealed the National League West Division title. This video was taken in section 27 of the infield reserve at Dodger Stadium.

Package data like software, and the stories will flow like wine

californiacivicdata.org — The melodrama is so familiar it's mundane. The government is asked to release an important dataset. They dither. We moan. We groan. Sometimes we sue, or even (gasp) organize. More and more, our pushback works. They make good and release the raw data, maybe even posting it online.

Introducing the California Civic Data Coalition

source.opennews.org — We're here with two Django applications ready made to make California campaign finance data easier to access Hello world. We are the California Civic Data Coalition, a loosely coupled team of reporters and developers from the Los Angeles Times Data Desk, The Center for Investigative Reporting and Stanford's new Computational Journalism Program.

Package Data Like Software, and the Stories Will Flow Like Wine

source.opennews.org — A humble suggestion from your friends at the California Civic Data Coalition The melodrama is so familiar it's mundane. The government is asked to release an important dataset. They dither. We moan. We groan. Sometimes we sue, or even (gasp) organize. More and more, our pushback works.

State investigating LAFD hiring after white applicant alleges bias

latimes.com — State officials are investigating recent changes made to the Los Angeles Fire Department's hiring process after a complaint from a white male applicant who says he was unfairly passed over. In July, city officials introduced a lottery system to winnow a pool of thousands of applicants forspots in a new recruit class scheduled to begin in December.

LAFD gets new anti-nepotism rules in wake of hiring controversy

latimes.com — The Los Angeles Fire Commission adopted new rules Tuesday to prevent conflicts of interest and reform a firefighter hiring process that a city report called "tainted" by concerns of nepotism. The changes will require all LAFD officials involved in the selection process to notify superiors when they have a friend or family member in the applicant pool.

LAFD opens investigation into alleged mistreatment of new recruit

latimes.com — The Los Angeles Fire Department has opened an investigation into allegations of misconduct at a city fire station made by the recently hired son of a high-ranking fire official, according to documents and interviews.
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Oct 30, 2014

I won't share A1 of tomorrow's @latimes w/@BobsLAtimes, but my hacky Jobs photoshop of him on farewell is next best pic.twitter.com/7Ej0bZcLWo

Oct 30, 2014

RT @jonathanchait: First Look exclusive: our reporters "fiercely independent" "anti-authoritarian iconoclasts," disdain management-speak pic.twitter.com/fAgTXMsSi3

Oct 30, 2014

How it works in #DTLA: Macho @LAPDHQ cars eat loading zone, delivery driver parks in alley, gets ticket pic.twitter.com/JneIXDJtCg

Oct 30, 2014

@kurtstreeter Sandoval and Hanley seem most difficult offseason calls for each.



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