What I'm Doing Now
I'm the investigations editor at Quartz, working to expose coordinated efforts to sway, confuse, and divide the US electorate ahead of the 2020 presidential election. I also lead the Quartz AI Studio, which is an effort to help journalists use machine learning to research and pursue stories.
I teach prototyping, design and development at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and am an adviser to 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. 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'm available for speaking — and leading workshops — about using machine learning, voice interfaces, chat bots, and DIY electronics in journalism.
Where I've Been
I was part of the Quartz Bot Studio, which experimented with conversational interfaces, artificial intelligence, and related technologies for journalism on new platforms,
I was the founder and Senior Editor on 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. My time at WNYC spanned nearly 16 years, during which I was news director, executive producer of On The Media, head of digital media and executive producer for special projects.
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.
I have also taught classes and workshops at Columbia University, Stanford University, the New School University, and New York University.
Let's put that all together:
John Keefe is the investigations editor at Quartz and leads the Quartz AI Studio. Keefe also teaches classes on product prototyping, design, and development 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.