about

I am a data journalist and builder of web things at the Hindustan Times in New Delhi, India.


Previously, I was a part of the investigative team at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where I created data visualizations and news apps for enterprise projects.


Before that, I was at the The Palm Beach Post where I got to make data queries for health stories, make news apps about politics and scrape public data. Sometimes, I also got to make baseball cards with the faces of council members.


I was also a Google Journalism Fellow at Poynter where I reported on the media industry, highlighting innovation and technology in journalism.


A strong believer of the power of technology and a big fan of the term ‘new media,’ I believe in telling multimedia stories that are not limited to the 800-word format. After all, the digital space is an interactive one, and it is best when kept that way. I am a 2015 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where I graduated with honors.


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Work Experience

Data/Interactive Journalist, Hindustan Times; New Delhi, India / September 2016 - Present

News Apps Developer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Milwaukee, Wisconsin / April - June 2016

Responsible for data visualization, interactives and news apps as a part of the investigative team. Initiated processes in place for integration between print and web graphics.

Data/Investigative Intern, The Palm Beach Post; West Palm Beach, Florida / September 2015 - March 2016

Worked as part of a 10-person investigative team at the paper. Responsibilities included reporting, making public records requests, web scraping, cleaning and analyzing data sets. Collaborated with reporters on an investigation about addiction in South Florida. Created digital presentation elements for investigative packages. Link to Articles

Google Journalism Fellow, Poynter; Saint Petersburg, Florida / July 2015 - September 2015

Selected as one of 11 Google journalism fellows from over 1,400 applicants. Reported on the media industry, focusing on innovation and technology in journalism. Designed and developed interactives on deadline, adding visual elements to timely news. Link to Articles

Chief Web Editor, DU Beat; New Delhi, India / June 2013 - April 2014

Largest student media outlet in India with a focus on 87 colleges of Delhi University.

Led a team of 25 correspondents to generate, collate and promote news content for dubeat.com. Worked intensively for in-depth admissions, university elections and student festival coverage.  Achieved a 400% increase in page views in 6 months. Led the social media strategy to establish the brand’s presence on Twitter/Instagram and grow a Facebook community of 11,000 to 60,000 in 8 months. Link to Articles

Editorial Intern, NDTV Gadgets; New Delhi, India / May - June 2013 and May - June 2012

News website reporting on the technology industry in India.

Wrote about events pertaining to technology including detailed analysis of the announcements made during WWDC 2013, E3 2013 and Computex 2012/13. Wrote mobile and app reviews and did product photography, device database creation and tracked news wires. Link to Articles

Freelance Writer, Social Samosa; New Delhi, India / May 2013 - September 2014

Website focusing on the analysis of the social media industry in India.

Used online tools such as Unmetric, Explic8 and Simplify 360 to analyze social media strategies of over 20 Indian brands. Wrote features focusing on particular social media campaigns. Wrote a 60-page ebook on the social media strategy of leading automobile brands in India. Link to Articles

Guest Contributor, Times Internet; New Delhi, India / October 2013

Contributed guest posts about technology and education for the Indian chapters of Gizmodo and Business Insider. Extensively reported on the Four Year Undergraduate Program controversy at Delhi University.

Education

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York

M.S. Journalism / August 2014 - May 2015

Graduated with honors, a distinction given to the top 10 percent of students. Coursework in cross-border investigations and interactive storytelling for the web, with a focus on data journalism. Scraped and analyzed requests received for Citi Bike stations. Developed two interactive web projects - Snapchat’s move towards revenue, and net neutrality in India. Wrote a 5,000-word story on a hardware startup run by Dutch entrepreneurs in New York City.

Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, India

B.A. (Hons.) Journalism / 2011 - 2014

Made a six-minute video documentary on the displacement of Kathputli colony - a slum complex near Shadipur in New Delhi, India. Wrote an undergraduate thesis titled - Technology Journalism in the American Online Media: Reporting matters of money. products and policy. President of the Journalism Students’ Association. Developed the department website to achieve greater level of interactivity and engagement.

Skills

  • Multimedia: Technical skills to produce audio, photo, graphics and video. Post-production using Adobe Creative Suite. Animation using After Effects.
  • Data Cleaning/Analysis: Microsoft Excel, OpenRefine, SQL, Tableau and R.
  • Mapping: CartoDB, Leaflet/Mapbox, Google Fusion Tables, QGIS, d3.js.
  • Web development: HTML, CSS/SCSS, JavaScript and libraries such as Backbone.js, d3.js, jQuery and Underscore. Python frameworks such as Flask and Django.
  • Back-end programming languages: node.js, Python, C++.
  • Design: Knowledge of graphic design/UI/UX. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator.
  • Languages: Fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi.
  • Social: Social Media Strategy including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Storify. Exploring the use of visual focused platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Periscope and Vine for news media.
  • Digital Security: Knowledge of encrypted communication and data storage.