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Ben Welsh

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Editor, @LATdatadesk at @latimes · Organizer, http://californiacivicdata.org · Archivist, http://pastpages.org · Send tips to ben.welsh@latimes.com

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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 ...

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@palewire — 5,625 followers, 41,805 tweets

Jan 17, 2017

Signing up for #NICAR17? Consider joining the hands-on courses I'll be teaching with @JE_Gordon, @cephillips, @emamd and @write_this_way https://t.co/9y7CEGfL75

Jan 17, 2017

@eads I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I AM TOTALLY SHOCKED THAT AN ARTICLE ABOUT JOURNALISTS IS PRAISED AS ALL IMPORTANT BY OTHER JOURNALISTS

Jan 17, 2017

With its brutal dismissal of "long strings of text" and centuries-old newspaper story structures, this is in some ways a design manifesto https://t.co/6zFjPdzomS

Jan 17, 2017

@derekwillis result of decades of hyper specialization where "I anonymously write my copy turn it in at last second, go home?"

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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.