Things Ben Keith Did

Occasionally updated with things I've made or written.

  • March 23rd, 2016

Open Source and Journalism (and NICAR 2016) talk

This post is a long collection of tools, resources, and tips that I saw at NICAR 2016 or in conversations around it. There's also some links in here that are not from NICAR 2016, but seemed relevant. This blog post serves as lecture notes for my March 24, 2016 talk at the The Ohio State University Open Source Club

  • March 9th, 2016

Reading Notes: Cory Doctorow's "Information Doesn't Want to be Free"

Information Doesn't Want to be Free by Cory Doctorow is the News Nerd Book Club pick for our March 2016 meetup at NICAR. Here's a Cliff's Notes version of the book, with annotations and questions for discussion.

  • February 21st, 2016

A miscellaneous collection of licenses

Sometimes you need a license more esoteric than the WTFPL. This collection of strange software licenses should keep your project contributors preoccupied.

  • September 30th, 2015

CSS talks at Collegiate Web Developers Group

After the break, find the slides (including resources links) and talk summaries from my September 2015 talks at Collegiate Web Developers Group at the Ohio State University.

  • March 8th, 2015

Links and tips roundup from NICAR 2015

The 2015 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference was an amazing experience. I couldn't attend all the sessions of the multi-track conference, so this doesn't cover everything. This is a selected chunk of things that I found especially interesting.

  • October 19th, 2014

What does the average Gannett news site look like?

I run across lots of similar-looking news websites while doing research for my internship at the Progressive Dairyman magazine. A significant portion of these sites all seem to use the same template, with some color and menu changes. Turns out they're all owned by Gannett, so I asked mysef, "What does the average Gannett website look like?"

  • September 29th, 2014

How to drive to Idaho, in 39 steps

Snake River Canyon

I moved to Twin Falls, Idaho at the start of August. I threw the photos up on Flickr a while back, but now seemed like a good time to post them with some sort of detail.

  • August 8th, 2014

Comparing Twin Falls to Ohio State University

Twin Falls, Idaho, is my new home for the next five months while I work for Progressive Publishing, writing at the Progressive Dairyman website. I saw a population figure for Twin Falls that was close to that of Ohio State Univeristy's student populace, and figured that I should sit down and churn out a comparison.

  • August 1st, 2014

Wrapping up at Investigative News Network

Read my post on the INN News Nerds blog about the end of my news apps internship at Investigative News Network, including links to some of the projects I worked on.

  • July 24th, 2014

Updating Brackets on Linux

The instructions for updating Adobe's Brackets editor, while simple, haven't yet published in an easily-Googled location.