Hello and welcome to my small corner of the interwebs! My name is Greg Linch and I’m a curious person. Maybe that helps explain why I enjoyed The Magic School Bus and Bill Nye the Science Guy so much as a youngster. I’m sure all those afternoons spent watching the History Channel as a teenager have something to do with that, too.
In high school I found a new outlet for my passions: journalism. But, although I didn’t fully realize it until later, I was a technically-inclined journalist early on in my career. I created my high school newspaper’s first website and email account (no one else thought to do either one!), I taught the newsroom InDesign, I helped maintain the digital camera gear and frequently fixed paper jams when we printed stories or draft pages.When I was in elementary school and someone would ask, “What do want to be when you grow up?” I would respond, “I want to be a scientist and inventor.” But by eighth grade, I’d decided that I wanted to be a writer — a fiction novelist, specifically. I even heavily researched (we’re talking years, people) different topics that I’d want to write novels about.
I’m now a data developer at McClatchy’s DC bureau, where I work across their 29 news organizations on data-driven stories, tools and projects. I previously worked at The Washington Post in a variety of jobs — from producer to news app developer to local data projects editor. In that latter role, I collaborated with reporters, editors, designers and developers on key areas such as crime, transportation, education and government (hello, election results!). My tools included everything from FOIAs and phones to Python and project management software.
Before joining the Post, I worked on two start-ups: Publish2 (more info), which offers software platforms for newsrooms, and CoPress, which worked with college media organizations to thrive digitally.
Outside of the newsroom, I’m on the Online News Association board and a member of IRE/NICAR. I also serve as an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University, where I teach a class on web development for media. I’ve also taught at the Medill School of Journalism’s D.C. campus as part of their National Security Journalism Initiative.
My other newsroom experience includes interning at The Dallas Morning News, The Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel and Forum Publishing Group. I’m a former Poynter Young Journalist Fellow and Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholar.
The opinions expressed on this site are my own and do represent those of my employers — past, present, future or from any other dimensions or universes.