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After nearly five years at The Washington Post, I’m thrilled to start a new job in late September focused on data stories, projects and tools at McClatchy’s DC bureau.
I’ve loved working in the Post newsroom with such fantastic, inspiring coworkers. From starting on health/science and then world/national security production to building news apps/tools and managing local data projects to now producing on Team Rainbow, it’s been an invaluable and rewarding experience.
At McClatchy, this new role offers an unique opportunity to collaborate with their formidable DC bureau and across their 29 news organizations, plus sit near former Post colleagues who are part of an impressive video team. It’s also a chance to work again with my hometown paper The Miami Herald, where I freelanced and interned during college. I can’t wait to join all the talented journalists at McClatchy.
Here’s the very kind announcement from my new boss, Julie Moos:
I’m excited to announce that Greg Linch will be joining us late this month to help plan, produce and launch data-driven projects coming out of our local newsrooms and out of DC.
Greg’s arrival enables us to broaden and deepen our data efforts, which you’ll be hearing more about in coming weeks. To start, we plan to provide do-it-yourself tools and a range of support for the data storytelling that’s becoming so essential to readers everywhere across a range of subjects.
Greg joins us from The Washington Post, where he currently works on Project Rainbow (the tablet team); his previous roles there include local data editor, news apps producer and national security producer. He has FOIAed and negotiated with local agencies to publish their daily crime data or weekly crime reports; led work on voter’s guides and results pages for primary and general elections; developed systems for handling documents (like the Clinton emails) and email newsletters; and worked on many projects that required reporting skills as strong as his coding skills.
Greg is a member of the board of directors of the Online News Association, co-organizer of the DC Hacks/Hackers chapter and an all-around great journalist capable of elevating our work in interesting ways. Here’s his resume.
Greg will be based at Tish’s old desk, as he fills the position opened by her departure. His professional career started at The Miami Herald and we are happy to lure him back to McClatchy, starting Sept. 29.
Thanks for joining me in making him feel welcome.
The interface is a mediation between the desire and the imagination of the user and all the tools one might need and the actual functions of the software, which are limited.
The above is my translation. Here’s the original Spanish (let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement):
La interfaz es una mediación entre el deseo y la imaginación del usuario y todas las herramientas que se podrían al respecto necesitar y las funciones reales de software, que son limitadas.
— Arte y Estética Digital: Estudios y críticas desde Latinoamérica
Capta is “taken” actively while data is assumed to be a “given” able to be recorded and observed. From this distinction, a world of differences arises. Humanistic inquiry acknowledges the situated, partial, and constitutive character of knowledge production, the recognition that knowledge is constructed, taken, not simply given as a natural representation of pre-existing fact.
Also, in her paper on Graphesis: Visual knowledge production and representation:
Data are considered objective “information” while capta is information that is captured because it conforms to the rules and hypothesis set for the experiment.
I’m following the Computation + Journalism 2014 symposium via the hashtag and livestream. Below are some highlights I collected from the opening keynote.