David Eads is a news developer for NPR Visuals in Washington, D.C. His work combines community organizing, data analysis, reporting, design, user experience, teaching, and online storytelling. He is a founder of the Invisible Institute, FreeGeek Chicago, and the Supreme Chi-Town Coding Crew. He has built websites and data visualizations for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Public Radio, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Qualcomm, and many more. Eads develops Tarbell, a simple website publishing tool named for the great investigative journalist Ida Tarbell.
David’s work on Source
- How NPR Transcribes and Fact-Checks the Debates, Live
- Introducing Lunchbox
- Fellows + Code Convening = New Open Source Tools
- Data Journalism Community, Why and How Do We Do This Work?
- Ultralight CMSes Head to Head
- How We Made Finding Care
- Meet Tarbell
- The GEN Newsgaming Hackathon
Articles by David
Introducing Elex, a Tool to Make Election Coverage Better for Everyone
This new collaboration from the New York Times and NPR needs your helpPosted on
“End the elections arms race” has become a rallying cry in American data journalism. Many newsrooms spend tremendous resources writing code to simply load and parse election data. It’s time we stopped worrying about the plumbing and started competing on the interesting parts. We decided it was time we put some code against our beliefs – our contribution is a tool we’re calling Elex. And it needs your help, too.
Data Journalism Community, Why and How Do We Do This Work?
David Eads and Supreme Chi-Town Coding Crew want to get us talkingPosted on
David Eads wants to start a conversation about the power of data-driven journalism to engage and teach new developers, and he needs your feedback.
How We Made Finding Care
The grand prize winners of Chicago MigraHack on their entryPosted on
The Chicago MigraHack, held earlier this month, focused on the use of technology and open data to produce innovative apps and information tools on immigration and related topics. Nine teams participated, and we spoke with two members of the team that produced Finding Care, winner of the prize for best storytelling with data visualization.
Introducing a very simple content management system from the Tribapps teamPosted on
Introducing a very simple content management system from the Tribapps team (and friends).
The GEN Newsgaming Hackathon
The Chicago Tribune team reports backPosted on
Last weekend, ten teams participated in a competition to develop newsgames at Editors’ Lab New York, a hackathon organized by the Global Editors Network and The New York Times. Combining the fantastical and playful aspects of gaming with hard news is a hard problem and there are few examples of well-conceived and executed newsgames. Thanks to the hack day, there are now a few more.