Living my resolution

I’ve never been a big New Year‘s resolution kind of guy, but this year that’s all changing. I’ve made two resolutions… first, to get into shape and the second is to regularly post to my blog.┬áNeither of these resolutions is particularly original, of course, but they are the two things I most want to accomplish in 2012.

Although I’ve lead training sessions on how to be a good blogger, I rarely take my own advice. Good bloggers tend to have a narrow subject matter and post regularly, among other attributes. I do neither.

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Recent projects…

Every once in a while I add some of my recent projects to this blog. I probably need to do it more frequently, but hey, whatcha gonna do?

Anyway, here’s a few things to come out recently. This first piece is from a story on a GM plant closing in Ontario, Ohio. USA TODAY reporter Marisol Bello wrote the story and I worked with her on editing her audio and building this template-based interactive that shows the chain of events/connections that propagate through a town.


This presidential approval poll tracker package was a much bigger endeavor. For more than a year, I’ve wanted to create an approval poll tracker going back in time to Truman (that’s the first president for which we have complete data) to current times. Thanks to Bill Couch and Kristen Novak, we finally made it happen. I’m really pleased with the results, which overlay news events and allow for different ways of comparing the polls. We’ll keep the tracker updated and I’m looking forward to adding more information, like economic indicators and more. If you have any suggestions, please add them in the comments.