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What I'm Doing Now

Actively looking for my next adventure, welcoming consulting proposals, and volunteering time to help others do data journalism.

I was most recently the investigations editor at Quartz, where we were using machine learning and traditional data reporting to expose coordinated efforts to sway, confuse, and divide the US electorate ahead of the 2020 presidential election. I also led the Quartz AI Studio, an effort to help journalists use machine learning to research and pursue stories, and the Quartz Bot Studio, which experimented with conversational interfaces, artificial intelligence, and related technologies for journalism.

Before Quartz I created and led the WNYC Data News Team, which powered the public radio station's data-driven journalism, pursued original-source investigative reporting and created useful, playful, New York City-centric projects. At WNYC I was news director for nine years, executive producer of On The Media, head of digital media, and executive producer for special projects.

I teach prototyping, design and development and online investigations at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in New York City.

I wrote Family Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World from Maker Media, which draws from projects I built while trying to Make Every Week for a year. I am also the founder/owner of a small company called Really Good Smarts LLC, which focuses on teaching about coding and DIY projects.

I served as an Innovator in Residence and co-instructor for a sensor-journalism class called "Stream Lab" at West Virginia University. We deployed water sensors in the Monongahela River to learn about measuring water quality and how others may do the same.

I have taught classes and workshops at Columbia University, Stanford University, the New School University, and New York University.

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    John Keefe was most recently the investigations editor at Quartz and also led the Quartz AI Studio. Keefe was Senior Editor for Data News at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists who specialize in data reporting, coding, and design for visualizations and investigations. He also was WNYC's news director for nearly a decade. Keefe teaches classes about online investigations, machine learning, and news-app development at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. A self-described "professional beginner," Keefe is the author of Family Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World from Maker Media, which grew from his effort to make something new every week for a year. He also runs a product tinkering company called Really Good Smarts LLC. Keefe has led classes and workshops at Columbia University, Stanford University, the New School University, New York University, and was an Innovator in Residence at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media. Keefe blogs at johnkeefe.net and tweets as @jkeefe.

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