What I do

Photo credit: Mandy Fierens Photography An editor with an investigative reporting background in local, I also speak code, design and the business of news. I work collaboratively with developers and designers, product and editorial, reporters and newsroom executives.

Photo credit: Mandy Fierens Photography

An editor with an investigative reporting background in local, I also speak code, design and the business of news. I work collaboratively with developers and designers, product and editorial, reporters and newsroom executives.

 

For 15 years, I’ve been a reporter and editor grounded in shoe-leather reporting techniques and getting it right just as much as I’ve always kept learning and applying new techniques and philosophies to how we tell and share our stories. It’s a path that has led me to combine skills from two industries: journalism and design.

That makes it a challenge sometimes to sum up my work: I’ve managed Sunday obituaries, compiled police blotters by hand, and filed dailies twice a day for an afternoon paper. I've reported on local-government budgets in four states, covered the destruction of U.S. Army chemical weapons near small communities in Eastern Oregon, investigated housing inequalities and corruption in the Arkansas Delta. I've coached and edited reporters. I’ve laid out front pages for printed editions, and designed the architecture and content strategy for digital editions. I've fielded calls from passionate readers of both. I've learned how to speak code so that I can effectively scope and manage both editorial and enterprise projects. I've worked with circulation and ad sales and tested pricing strategies. I've evaluated workflows and third-party vendors of internal tools. I've spent time embedded with an information design firm consulting on corporate data strategies and facilitating decision-making among roomfuls of executives.

At the heart of it all, I'm always digging, questioning and verifying, and always evaluating how we're achieving the ultimate goal: Telling stories that honestly get our audience's attention.

My work today is focused on War Streets Media, a company I've co-founded. We're designing a system of tools to analyze and visualize public data in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County — because I believe the stories buried in those records are a means to a sustainable business model for a local news organization.  

Occasionally, I take on content strategy, editing and research projects. I'm also available to consult in your newsroom. (See "How I can help" for more details.)

Want to talk about War Streets or your own project?

Contact me via:

Email: amyjo@warstreetsmedia.com

Twitter: @amyjo_brown