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 an editor at The Washington Post, where I manage data and technology projects for the local desk [I’m currently on leave until August 2015]. I collaborate with reporters, editors, designers and developers on an array of topics. Crime, transportation, education, government — you name it. My tools include 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.
- I was named one of the top 100 college journalists in the United States for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years by UWIRE.
- I was named College Journalist of the Year as part of the South Florida SPJ chapter’s annual Sunshine State Awards.
- Along with The Miami Hurricane staff, I received a first place SPJ National Mark of Excellence Award for online news reporting during my time as editor of The Hurricane. I oversaw our coverage of the first-ever Spanish-language debate among U.S. presidential contenders that included a live blog in addition to a breaking news story, slideshow and video posted soon after the event ended (this kind of comprehensive coverage was novel in the college media realm, at the time).
- I won a first place SPJ region 3 Mark of Excellence Award in the general news reporting category for a two-part series on faculty housing: Faculty find University housing in Coral Gables unaffordable and Local real estate boom negatively impacts most new faculty.
- Soon before graduation, I received the School of Communication Award (top recognition for a graduating senior in the school) and the Print Journalism Award (top recognition for a graduating senior in the “print” journalism program).
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