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Resume

If you’d like to see examples of my work, check out my portfolio. I’m no longer updating this site, so please visit andyboyle.com for my most recent site.

JOBS

The Chicago Tribune | Chicago, Ill. | ChicagoTribune.com and more

News Applications Developer, July 2012 — Present. Building projects using JavaScript, Backbone.js, Trigger.io, PHP,  Python, Django, Flask and other fanciness. I’ve built applications for election coverage, user-generated content submission, data-intensive informational graphics, iPhone/Android apps and more. Constantly trying to make projects look great on any device.

The Boston Globe | Boston, Mass. | boston.com and BostonGlobe.com

Newsroom Web Developer, May 2011 — July 2012. Built projects using JavaScript, PHP,  Python, Java and MySQL for the newsroom. Developedtools for web producers, editors and reporters, including social media widgets and larger scale editorial projects like election results. Fixed site-related design problems and implement new features to established projects. My work regularly appeared on the homepage of boston.com and bostonglobe.com. I also occasionally advised the newsroom on data-oriented projects and crunch numbers when needed. Worked to implement Django as their framework-of-choice for rapid development.

The New York Times Regional Media Group | Tampa, Fla. | the websites of 14 newspapers

Digital Developer, October 2010 — May 2011. Built and maintained data-driven applications using Django and PHP. Fixed site-related design problems. Managed a dozen Ubuntu servers. Helped decrease server costs by tens of thousands of dollars and I implemented a new version control system for new projects. Served on the social media advisement team and taught online workshops on how best to use various tools. Built various projects that contributed to the coverage that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News.

St. Petersburg Times/tampabay.com | St. Petersburg, Fla. | circulation 290,000

News technologist/Reporter, August 2009 — September 2010. Wrote on the breaking news desk while also working on enterprise pieces. Occasionally shot videos and photos for Web, as well as took dictation from other reporters and wrote web stories. Built data-oriented Web applications using Django. Taught others about social media and using it to inform readers and promote content. My most recent pieces were located at my tampabay.com profile page.

INTERNSHIPS

St. Petersburg Times/tampabay.com | St. Petersburg, Fla. | circulation 290,000

Reporting/Web internship, May 2009 — July 2009. Wrote enterprise pieces for print and covered breaking news for the online desk. Also shot videos and photos. For the Web department, I built Web applications using public records and data.

Omaha World-Herald | Lincoln, Neb. | circulation 184,000

Reporting fellowship, January 2009 — May 2009. Wrote enterprise pieces and covered live events for the daily paper and Web site.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Little Rock, Ark. | circulation 182,000

City desk intern, May 2008 — August 2008. Broke stories for the daily paper and worked the night cops shift. Also wrote data-driven stories and helped others with computer-assisted reporting.

  • My piece, “Felons hunting with guns slip past state law,” won a 4th place Hearst Award for In-Depth writing in 2009. It was also a Finalist in the 2009 Investigative Reporters and Editors award for Student Media. You can read it here.

Erie Times-News | Erie, Pa. | circulation 56,000

Intern, May 2007 — August 2007. Wrote and reported on metro stories for the daily paper and Web site. Also filmed video and wrote blog posts for GoErie.com and contributed to senior reporters’ projects.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Daily Nebraskan | Lincoln, Neb. | circulation 10,000

Various positions, April 2006 — February 2009. As an assignment editor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s student newspaper, I was in charge of finding stories and directing coverage for 20 reporters of campus, state and local events. As Web editor, I created podcasts and shot/edited video. As a reporter, I covered cops, courts, local government and wrote data-driven stories.

KRNU Radio Station | Lincoln, Neb.

Various positions, October 2007 — May 2009. As a DJ at my college’s radio station, I played music and hosted live. As a reporter, I wrote my own broadcast copy and read it live.

  • My piece “Deficient Bridges” won a 2nd place Hearst Award in Radio News in 2009. It also won an Eric Sevareid Award for Investigative Reporting (Radio) from the Northwest Broadcast News Association. You can listen to the piece here.

EDUCATION

College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Bachelor of Journalism in news-editorial, awarded May 2009

Attended computer-assisted reporting boot camps at the University of Missouri in 2008 and 2009


TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Programming with Python, JavaScript, PHP and some Java.
  • Database-driven web development with Django
  • Baking flat files with Flask and Google docs
  • Database administration in PostgreSQL, MySQL
  • Online mapping with PostGIS, GeoDjango, Leaflet.js and open map tile libraries
  • Development and deployment with Amazon Web Services, Fabric and Virtual Environments
  • User interface development using JavaScript, CSS and HTML5 standards, including Twitter Bootstrap
  • Code management using git, GitHub and Unfuddle
  • Iterative and deadline-oriented development methodologies

 

Content management systems I’ve wrangled: WordPress, Methode, P2P, Saxotech and Escenic

Server stuff I’m fond of: Ubuntu, nginx/uWSGI, git, Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Webfaction

OTHER SKILLS

I’m pretty good at data negotiation, data analysis, photography, videography, audio recording, voice over, stand-up, sketch and improv comedy

I can speak enough German to ask for a beer and tell how many years I studied the language. Once an employer made me sing a song for journalism

As a regular speaker at conferences at universities, you can find many recorded speeches online. I’d be glad to come talk to your organization in person or via Skype.

I’ve been interviewed for a few books:

If you’d like to see my references, e-mail me at andymboyle (at) gmail (dot) com.