Conrad Fox



Newsgriddle


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  • built on django web framework
  • track stories from first source to field work to publication
  • geotag fields trips and publications

Newsgriddle was the backend database I created to track the output of several large, international reporting projects between 2014 and 2018. The projects, run by the non-profit Round Earth Media, paired US reporters with counterparts in the countries they were reporting from. The reporters worked together in the field as equals but published in their own languages in their respective countries. My job was to recruit and mentor the local reporters, find partner outlets in their countries, generate story ideas, interview initial sources, make sure the reporters were safe and accounted for while in the field, and edit their work to an international standard once they returned.

There were always many different teams at different stages of production, and any single assignment could lead to published pieces in several different languages. Thus I created Newsgriddle, a kind of Basecamp® for journalism to put all the information into one place and allow us to tabulate our production as we went along. The system is built on the Django framework. The page you are reading is a readonly view into the main models for the data. The frontend websites for each project, which I also created, are built on a separate Wagtail app which filters the data by project. You can read about my experience combining Wagtail and vanilla Django on my blog.


I'm a journalist, producer, instructor and developer. I've reported from a minefield and a dugout canoe, taught radio journalism, robotics, and anthropology in board rooms, lecture halls and mud huts, led award-winning media projects, and mentored dozens of journalists in Canada and Latin America. Today, I write about climate change and develop an app to learn English while you run.

cwzorro@fastmail.fm

Digital storytelling

Conrad is a reporter's reporter - courageous, compassionate and creative. No easy press conferences for him. Conrad takes on assignments that might scare off others and always delivers. A first-rate storyteller.

Leda Hartman

Public media editor and journalist, USA