Chris Keller

Notes from the #NICAR15 session "How to build a happy team"

"A team is a product that is built and managed." The comment struck me immediately. I can't remember who among the March 7, 2015 NICAR panel on "How to build a happy team" spoke the above comment, but that doesn't matter. Teams are created with care and consideration. The panel consisted of: Becca Aaronson Lauren Rabaino Adam Schweigert Trei Brundrett Brian Boyer Here are some bullet points I took during the session. Some of the ...


Chris Keller

How learning about #Badgers coach Bo Ryan's swing offense can help make for better newsroom collaboration

Outline: I don't write as much or as well as I used to so I am giving myself permission to publish outlines of bullet points with the hope that one day I will craft prose from them. Unless I don't. I grew up in a town about 60 miles from Platteville, where Bo Ryan honed his system of coaching, his offensive and defensive systems and cemented the archetypes needed for it to run like a ...


Chris Keller

Quick script to implement 'paging' to search Twitter API for a given hashtag

I helped the folks at #wjchat a while back by writing a quick django app to pull tweets each week and save them to a database. The tweets were then accessible as formatted HTML that could be posted in the #wjchat Wordpress blog. But something happened around the middle of April. The script pulled in 389 tweets on April 16, but the following week only caught 100. Same for the week after. I did some ...

Code

Chris Keller

Makin' and bakin' chicken wings

Ingredients 1/2 bottle of Frank's Red Hot Wings sauce - Buffalo A glob of Barbecue sauce Three shakes of A.1. Steak Sauce or similar fare Four dollops of Cholula Hot Sauce. Three dashes of Back of the Yards butchers rub Three dashes of cayenne pepper A dash of celery salt Putting it all together Mix the above together with a fork until it's a consistent sauce. Butcher two pounds of chicken wings, splitting ...

Recipes

Chris Keller

Cleaning out the (digital) filing cabinet

At home I have an entire drawer of a filing cabinet devoted to articles and essays that I printed out from websites or pulled out of magazines. As such, clipping services like Evernote and article storage software like Instapaper and Read It Later (now called Pocket) are the greatest thing ever. And for a habitual hoarder of words and ideas like myself, the worst thing ever. And so I should probably get down to the ...

Journalism

Chris Keller

Link: Making decisions based on available data

via Stijn Debrouwere Imagine your newsroom has been pumping out articles about the papal election, yet it turns out that the article readers are clicking on is one about the civil war in Syria. Thank God, you can finally stop writing about the goddamned pope because people don’t care anyway. You can commission a new piece on Syria, perhaps even tailored to people’s exact search terms so you’re not just writing about ...

Journalism

Chris Keller

Why should you be a newsroom developer? Why shouldn't you?

Back in primitive times -- oh like 2007 -- I kept a text file of crime and felony arrests by police departments in Chicago's South Suburbs. In addition to serving as the assignment editor for the South Suburban edition of The Times, I was the edition's primary crime reporter -- partly out of necessity, partly out of enjoyment and partly out of the one-man-band syndrome I suffer from. Each day I would add new cases ...

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