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What I'm Doing Now

I'm the senior data & visuals editor for breaking news at CNN.

Until recently I focused on data visuals for the CNN Climate Team. Before joining CNN, I was a multimedia/graphics editor at the New York Times, where I helped cover the 2020 election and was one of the many people who worked on coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, for which the paper was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. Before that, I was the investigations editor at Quartz, where we worked to expose coordinated efforts to sway, confuse, and divide the US electorate. I also created and led the Quartz AI Studio, an effort to help journalists use machine learning to research and pursue stories, and led the Quartz Bot Studio, which experimented with conversational interfaces and artificial intelligence for journalism.

I established 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 projects. At WNYC, I also was the news director for nine years, executive producer of On The Media, head of digital media, and executive producer for special projects.

I have a little side company called Really Good Smarts LLC, centered on tinkering with and teaching data journalism, physical computing, machine learning, and DIY projects.

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.

For several years, I was an adjunct lecturer teaching classes in data journalismproduct prototyping, and online investigations at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. I also have taught classes and workshops at Columbia University, Stanford University, the New School University, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, and New York University. I was 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.

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    Let's put that all together:

    John Keefe is the senior data and visuals editor for breaking news climate at CNN. He previously had that role making maps and graphics on the CNN Climate Team. Before joining CNN, he helped with election and Pulitzer prize-winning coronavirus coverage as a graphics/multimedia editor at the New York Times. Before the pandemic began, he was the investigations editor at Quartz and also led the Quartz AI Studio. Keefe established the Data News Team at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists who specialized in data reporting, coding, and design. He ran WNYC's news division for nearly a decade. A self-described "professional beginner," Keefe runs a tinkering and teaching company called Really Good Smarts LLC. Keefe has taught classes about online investigations, data journalism, machine learning, and journalism products at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Keefe also has led classes and workshops at Columbia University, Stanford University, the New School University, New York University, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, 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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