What I'm Doing Now
I work at Quartz as a developer for the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager for Quartz apps. The Bot Studio was created to experiment with applications of bots, artificial intelligence and related technologies for journalism on new platforms.
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 also lead custom demos and workshops about bots, artificial intelligence, 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 is a journalist, tinkerer and coder who works at Quartz as a developer in the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager of Quartz's breakthrough apps. Keefe also teaches classes on bots and rapid prototyping at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and runs a tiny tinkering company called Really Good Smarts LLC. Before moving to 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. 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, the New School University, and New York University. He was also an Innovator in Residence at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media. Keefe blogs at johnkeefe.net and tweets as @jkeefe.