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Soo Oh

Soo Oh ('18)

news app developer, Vox, Washington, D.C.

Question: How might we better manage and support journalists with technical skills?

In researching her question, Soo is conducting interviews, researching management strategies, and reading organizational studies on diversity and creativity in groups. As part of her research, she collaborated with Open News on their second annual survey of the journalism-technology community, and facilitated talks and workshops at conferences. She has also audited classes in data science, machine learning, and strategic communication at Stanford.

Posts by Soo

How to have a better brainstorming meeting

As the manager of a design and development team, you call a meeting to brainstorm ideas for an upcoming project. Perhaps it’s a new series… (6 minute read)

Journalism has a huge management problem

One way we can better manage and support journalists with technical skills is to give them better managers. (7 minute read)

Here’s how newsrooms pay journalists who code, design, and analyze data

The results of OpenNews’ second News Nerd Survey confirm many hypotheses on pay equity that technical journalists discuss in backchannels. (7 minute read)

Read @SooOh on Medium.

About Soo

Soo Oh is a journalist and web developer focused on making sense of the news through data, visuals and interactives. She trained as an arts reporter in college and graduated just in time for the subprime mortgage crisis. She rode out the first couple years of the Great Recession teaching English in Seoul, then joined the Los Angeles Times as a web producer. She signed up for coding classes a year later and eventually persuaded the right people in the newsroom to walk her through development of her first JavaScript and Django apps. She has developed features, analyzed data and built newsrooms tools for Vox, the Los Angeles Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Information on this page is from the fellowship year.