Brian Boyer

Brian is an independent consultant. Previously, he was the vice president of product and people at Spirited Media, the visuals editor at NPR, founded the news applications team at the Chicago Tribune, and was a happy intern at ProPublica. He was one of the first programmers to receive a Knight-funded scholarship to study journalism at Northwestern University.

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Brian’s work on Source


  1. Electris
  2. T-Shirt


  1. Rituals, Norms and Other Ways to Build a Healthy Work Culture
  2. Collaborating on the T-Shirt Project
  3. NPR’s Brian Boyer on Building and Managing News Apps Teams
  4. How NPR Designed Their Live Elections News App
  5. Illinois School Report Cards

Articles by Brian

  1. Memberkit 1.0: Upgrade your analytics and build a data-powered membership program

    Automated reports, example code, and other field-tested patterns and techniques for your team to copy, use, and improve!

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    A field-tested set of reports, patterns, and techniques that can help your newsroom think about how to execute a data-driven strategy for membership.

  2. Five Years in News Nerd Careers (Part II)

    A state-of-the-community roundtable to celebrate Source’s five-year anniversary

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    Marking our five-year anniversary with a community roundtable on what’s changed since we launched—part two.

  3. Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part 3

    Appreciation of usefulness and bar-raising at the end of a long, complicated year

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    As we did last year, we’ve asked a couple of dozen people from all around the news-nerd community to tell us about one thing—article, feature, app, tool, or something else entirely—that they loved in 2015. This week, we’re publishing their responses, from interactives to project management software. We hope you find here at least one thing that eases your work, inspires new angles on your stories, and helps carry you through to 2016.

  4. Collaborating on the T-Shirt Project

    Planet Money + the NPR Visuals team

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    Back in April of this year, NPR’s Planet Money began a Kickstarter campaign to learn about and report on global supply chains by making a t-shirt and telling the story of its creation from start to finish. The new Visuals team at NPR collaborated on the project’s web manifestation, which went live last night, but the source code is already on GitHub, and we spoke with team lead Brian Boyer about the collaboration.

  5. NPR’s Brian Boyer on Building and Managing News Apps Teams

    Process, hiring, and what it takes to make it in newsroom code

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    Yesterday, NPR announced that news apps team leader Brian Boyer was assuming a new role as head of the combined news apps/multimedia superteam. Boyer offers the unusual experience of having built out two news apps teams within five years, first at the Chicago Tribune and then at NPR. We spoke with him about his new gig, his path from computer science to journalism, his focus on sound process, and the internal obstacles new teams can face.

  6. Illinois School Report Cards

    A School-Performance Data Comparison App for Parents

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    A tool for Chicago-area parents to compare school performance data, and a home for the Tribune’s reporting on school performance.

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