Hi, I'm Patrick Hogan
If you're seeing this, you're most likely viewing my website on December 12, 2013, or a date very close to it. I realized many of you will be checking out my website during my Open Studio presentation, and that I had never implemented the responsive mobile-friendly design I wanted.
So this is a placeholder to link to some of my relevant social media accounts and show some of my recent work. You can still see my normal website here.
Twitter - @phogan
Facebook - phogan
Tumblr - srolhogan
You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's about all the social media I have the energy for, so let's move on.
As I told you earlier, my name is Patrick Hogan. I am 29 years old, and have about 6 years experience working as a professional journalist, mostly for newspapers in small cities across the U.S. I've mostly worked as either an editor or a reporter, but I've also done a lot of work in the organizations I've worked in on bridging the gap between the newsroom and technology.
Yes, my first job out of college in 2006 was with The Daily Times. in Farmington, N.M., which is in the Four Corners region of the state. I began as a copy-editor, but within 9 months, I became the newspaper's first ever online editor, I position I held until 2010.
It was an intense experience. Although small, The Daily Times takes investigative journalism very seriously, and there's never any shortage of news in the surrounding area. I learned a lot here about the limitations of technology in the newsroom. When your most modern computer is a 2001 PowerPC Mac that cannot run a modern web browser, you have to learn how to do what you can with what you've got.
Yes, you sure know a lot about me, mysterious stranger. I was hired by the The Gazette, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a multimedia journalist covering K-12 education. The Gazette is a fantastic company that is constantly innovating. I feel like they get overlooked a lot because they're independent and away from the big media centers, but they're trying more new things there than some larger metros.
I learned a lot about shoe leather journalism in Iowa, particularly covering a beat. I also spent a lot of time rethinking the source-reporter relationship, helping to start projects such as IowaTransformED, a separate vertical from the main Gazette brand that focused on covering education reform. I'm proud that we bucked a lot of the national conversation on education reform, and the project is still ongoing in more capable hands than mine.
As much as I liked Iowa and The Gazette, I felt I was getting pigeon-holed as a print journalist. I've always been on the bridge between the newsroom and technology, and I wanted to move more to the technology side. Getting the chance to study at Studio 20 seemed a great chance.
Well you've already seen my presentation on Geek and Glass. I am happy with how it turned out, although given more time I'd like to do a more rigorous test run, and get actual production going.
During the spring, I did a project for Mashable called Deep Dive, about finding leads for possible stories on Reddit. We created a way to create lists of subreddits that reporters could create a peruse to help find story ideas, similar to the way lists work on Twitter. Two months after we completed the project, Reddit implemented a similar feature into its user interface, so we must have been thinking similarly to them.
For my Studio 1 project, I created a beta device we called the DisasterBox. It was based on an open source project called the PirateBox. It's an easily-constructed device that uses portable wifi routers, custom firmware and battery packs to create portable intranets a news organization can use to spread information during disasters when communication infrastructures are down. Our inspiration was from Hurricane Sandy, where many people had working cell phones, but the networks were down. Someone could've gone to an affected neighborhood with a DisasterBox and provided information on recovery efforts, as well as received photos and updates on what was happening there.
I'm really excited to return to work full-time as a breaking news producer with Digital First Media. No idea where that's going to take me, but it should be a fun ride.
Neither can I, you must be really interested in me.