I've been an online writer and editor in Toronto since 2001, most recently at globalnews.ca, where I'm a national online reporter. As well as traditional reporting techniques, I have experience in data journalism, access-to-information requests and maps and visualizations. Along the way I've picked up some awards, and started the ball rolling on an access-to-information case that ended in the Supreme Court. Some highlights of recent reporting are here, and a complete list is here.
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I've been messing around with data journalism for years, and think I've only started to explore the possibilities. Here are some highlights of the past few years.

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I have extensive experience in using freedom-of-information laws to get access to databases and documents of one sort or another from municipal, provincial and federal governments, universities and other countries. FOI can be a cumbersome tool but also a powerful one. Often it's the only tool available.

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Data, maps and other visualization tools - scatterplots, interactive calendars - have a natural relationship. The right image lets you both show and tell, and interactivity lets the reader explore the richness of the information presented.

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