What I'm Doing Now
I the technical director for bots and machine learning at Quartz, working in the Quartz AI Studio and the Quartz Bot Studio. The Bot Studio was created to experiment with conversational interfaces, artificial intelligence, and related technologies for journalism on new platforms, and the AI Studio is an effort to help journalists use machine learning in the research and pursuit of stories.
I teach product prototyping at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, lead workshops at the Newmark School's J+ program, and am an adviser and adjunct instructor at the New School Journalism + Design Program 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.
In many cases I'm available for custom demos and workshops about bots, machine learning, diy eletronics, sensor journalism and more. (Head to Studio Karios to book me.)
Where I've Been
I was the founder and Senior Editor on the WNYC Data News Team,
which powers the public radio station's data-driven journalism, pursues
original-source investigative reporting and creates useful, playful, New
York City-centric projects. My time at WNYC spanned nearly 16 years, during which I held positions as news director, executive producer of On The Media, head of digital media and executive producer for special projects – often simultaneously.
I was the 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.
Let's put that all together:
John Keefe the technical architect for bots and machine learning at the global business news company Quartz. Keefe also teaches classes on bots and product prototyping at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and runs a product tinkering company called Really Good Smarts LLC. Before joining Quartz, he 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 was previously WNYC's news director for nearly a decade. 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. Keefe has led classes and workshops at Columbia University, Stanford University, the New School University, and New York University. He also has served as an Innovator in Residence at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media. Keefe blogs at johnkeefe.net and tweets as @jkeefe.