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

Volunteers finish decoding 1,400 cryptic CAL-ACCESS database fields

californiacivicdata.org — California Code Rush 2 met documentation milestone at Media Party 2015 Last week I visited Buenos Aires to take part in Media Party 2015, the annual conference put on by the bustling local chapter of Hacks/Hackers. Along with my luggage, I packed hundreds of tickets for improvements to our open-source software and a simple pitch: Submit a patch, win a prize.
Aug 31, 2015

Nightshifters, Dodgers watchers and nerdy nerds, I blogged up how proud I am of #hhba code rushers for AM californiacivicdata.org/2015/09/01/cod… What sucks?

Sep 01, 2015

RT @palewire: California Code Rush 2 at #hhba is a wrap! ✔ 27 coders ✔ 250+ commits ✔ 1 big milestone Check the full report: californiacivicdata.org/2015/09/01/cod…

Sep 01, 2015

California Code Rush 2 at #hhba is a wrap! ✔ 27 coders ✔ 250+ commits ✔ 1 big milestone Check the full report: californiacivicdata.org/2015/09/01/cod…

Talk: Media Party 2015 in Buenos Aires

californiacivicdata.org — All the slides and links from my keynote speech This morning I delivered a brief speech at Media Party 2015, the annual conference put on by the Buenos Aires chapter of Hacks/Hackers. My message: Data journalists are raising their tech game.
Aug 27, 2015

Yo, #hhba, here are the slides and links from my keynote talk set to spark off ahora bit.ly/packaged-data

Aug 27, 2015

ICYMI: I gave a keynote this morning at #hhba and mouthed off a bit. Slides, summary, links right here. californiacivicdata.org/2015/08/27/hhb…

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dump your queryset out as a csv file . palewire

Join California Code Rush 2 at Media Party 2015 in Buenos Aires

californiacivicdata.org — A second challenge to hacks, hackers and newbies of all ages Argentina, the California Civic Data Coalition is coming. And we need your help. I will be representing our team at the upcoming Media Party conference in Buenos Aires.
Aug 25, 2015

Play your part in #HHBA from anywhere on earth. Win a prize. Learn how here: californiacivicdata.org/2015/08/18/cod…

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Sacramento Bee editor agrees: CAL-ACCESS is a mess

californiacivicdata.org — Our effort to untangle CAL-ACCESS, the state of California's database of money in statehouse politics, is the subject of today's column by Sacramento Bee Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar. Her words:

Nerds. The Los Angeles Times wants you.

datadesk.github.io — The Los Angeles Times is seeking a developer to join our staff as part of the next class of Knight-Mozilla fellows. The program will place coders with news organizations around the world for 10 months of open-source experimentation. One of those chosen to participate will land here in downtown Los Angeles with our team, the Data Desk.
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Opening: Lead developer

californiacivicdata.org — Get paid to conquer campaign cash. Join the California Civic Data Coalition! The California Civic Data Coalition is seeking a developer to lead its open-source project to master the jumbled, dirty and difficult government database that tracks money in California politics.

Ben's other API test

Ben's API test - LA Times

County regulator calls for sweeping overhaul at Compton Fire Department

latimes.com — The Compton Fire Department needs a sweeping overhaul of how it responds to thousands of 911 calls for emergency help each year, according to a letter from the county's top regulator obtained by The Times.
Jul 24, 2015

Fresh scoop served now on @LANow: County regulator calls for sweeping overhaul at Compton Fire Department latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Jul 24, 2015

RT @LANow: County regulator calls for sweeping overhaul at Compton Fire Department lat.ms/1LCXcCz

Jul 24, 2015

County regulator calls for sweeping overhaul at Compton Fire Department lat.ms/1HYFnYy @LATdatadesk @palewire

Jul 24, 2015

RT @latimes: L.A. County regulator recommends sweeping overhaul of how Compton Fire Department responds to emergency calls lat.ms/1LItuup

Jul 24, 2015

RT @palewire: Fresh scoop served now on @LANow: County regulator calls for sweeping overhaul at Compton Fire Department latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Sep 03, 2015

@s2tephen When do they start making movies out of those?

Sep 03, 2015

@wmhartnett I think there's a lot of novelty stuff youtube.com/watch?v=XaVDsp… but haven't heard mainstream ref. Tho I bet it exists.

Sep 03, 2015

@garveylatimes I'm not classy enough. Not worthy of Vin threads.

Sep 03, 2015

Feels like the Dodgers just clinched with this Bochy ejection

Sep 02, 2015

FYI if Puig ran the bases as bad as Turner just did he'd be trending rn


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