Hacker journalist. VP Product + People at @spiritedmediaco. Formerly @nprviz, @tribapps, @propubnerds. Adviser, @detroitsound.
Brian’s work on Source
- Collaborating on the T-Shirt Project
- NPR’s Brian Boyer on Building and Managing News Apps Teams
- How NPR Designed Their Live Elections News App
- Illinois School Report Cards
Articles by Brian
Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part 3
Appreciation of usefulness and bar-raising at the end of a long, complicated yearPosted on
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.
Collaborating on the T-Shirt Project
Planet Money + the NPR Visuals teamPosted on
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.
NPR’s Brian Boyer on Building and Managing News Apps Teams
Process, hiring, and what it takes to make it in newsroom codePosted on
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.
Illinois School Report Cards
A School-Performance Data Comparison App for ParentsPosted on
A tool for Chicago-area parents to compare school performance data, and a home for the Tribune’s reporting on school performance.