BENJAMIN DIN

Hello! I'm Ben.

Hi! My name is Benjamin Din, and I'm a journalism student at Northwestern University. I'm currently an intern on the graphics and design teams at The Washington Post. On campus, I'm a student fellow at the Knight Lab, where I explore the intersection of journalism and technology. I also work at The Daily Northwestern, where I report, write and code. Past stints: interactive intern at the San Francisco Chronicle and reporting intern at The Star in Johannesburg.

I like to write. I like to code. If it's not too much to ask, one day I hope to be doing both. But for now – while I'm here at Northwestern – I'll keep on doing what I do best: spending late nights in the newsroom, doing marathon coding sessions, solving crossword puzzles and counting down the days until I get to go back to sunny California.

I write and code.

The Star

South Africa's largest English-language daily metro paper. Covered Johannesburg, the economic capital of the country, in the spring of 2017. Read more clips here.

Medill News Service

Medill's Washington news outlet. Reported on Congress, the Supreme Court, the election and other D.C. shenanigans in the fall of 2016. Read the rest of my clips here.

The Daily Northwestern

Medill School of Journalism

Best of Evanston '17

The Daily Northwestern Designed and developed this page to showcase local Evanston favorites.

Voter Guide

San Francisco Chronicle Helped design and build a voter guide for 2016 election. Also contributed to the election results page.

CA Resolutions

San Francisco Chronicle Built a graphic to showcase how frequently the state legislature passes resolutions.

A History of BART

San Francisco Chronicle Rebuilt a version of past timelines, making it more visual and easier to replicate.

Chronicle Covers

San Francisco Chronicle Built search functionality for the Chronicle Covers database of iconic front pages, one for each day of the year.

Summer of Women

San Francisco Chronicle Repurposed a timeline built earlier in the summer. Removed jQuery dependency for this version of the timeline.

Airbnb 2016

San Francisco Chronicle Built a tool to help users find out how prevalent Airbnb is in their neighborhood via a searchable database or a search-by-address option.

Sea Level Rise

San Francisco Chronicle Worked on the first three parts of this series. Designed page elements, created an interactive timeline and image slider.

Beyond Homelessness

San Francisco Chronicle Helped design and build this site for The Chronicle's participation in the SF Homeless Project. Created interactive data visualizations.

Last Men Standing

San Francisco Chronicle Helped create and maintain this page to showcase "Last Men Standing," The Chronicle's first-ever full-length documentary.

Dance Marathon

The Daily Northwestern Built this page for Dance Marathon coverage. Updated the page throughout the 30-hour event.

Best of Evanston '16

The Daily Northwestern Oversaw the design and development for the page. Created the opening video.

2015 in Review

The Daily Northwestern Designed and built all elements of this page to highlight The Daily's best coverage in 2015.

Gameday

The Daily Northwestern Built this page for The Daily's coverage of Northwestern's 2015 football season.

Mixed Levels

Class Project Built responsive story layout for my enterprise feature on mixed-level classrooms at Evanston Township High School.

Charts & Maps

The Daily Northwestern Created interactive charts and maps using a variety of charting and mapping tools. More examples here, here and here.

I'm in DC.

Experience

The Washington Post, Graphics + Design Intern

The Washington Post
Graphics + Design Intern

Washington, D.C. | June 2017 – Present
  • • Picking up new skills on the Post's graphics and design teams

The Daily Northwestern, Reporter

The Daily Northwestern
Reporter

Evanston, Illinois | Oct. 2014 – Present
  • • Report on events and trends at Northwestern and in Evanston
  • • Led digital design initiatives, developed social media strategy
  • Past positions: digital projects editor, copy chief, web editor, assistant campus editor, designer, assistant summer editor

Knight Lab, Student Fellow

Knight Lab
Student Fellow

Evanston, Illinois | Sept. 2015 – Present
  • • Assist on projects and initiatives to develop tools for journalists
  • • Host Open Lab Hours every week for students to come and learn to code

The Star, Reporter

The Star
Reporter

Johannesburg | March 2017 – June 2017
  • • Reported on a variety of issues for a daily newspaper in South Africa's largest city

The Medill Justice Project, Investigative Reporter

The Medill Justice Project
Investigative Reporter

Evanston, Illinois | Jan. 2017 – March 2017
  • • Investigated a 1975 Pittsburgh murder case as part of a 10-person reporting team
  • • Analyzed court transcripts, police records; traveled to Pennsylvania to interview the accused, key witnesses

Medill News Service, Reporter

Medill News Service
Reporter

Washington, D.C. | Sept. 2016 – Dec. 2016
  • • Reported on Capitol Hill and around D.C. as a real-time journalist
  • • Covered the national security beat and the 2016 election

San Francisco Chronicle, Interactive Intern

San Francisco Chronicle
Interactive Intern

San Francisco | June 2016 – Sept. 2016
  • • Built data visualizations and interactive page elements for special projects and reports
  • • Worked occasional weekend shifts on the metro desk doing spot-news reporting

Medill Media Teens, Mentor

Medill Media Teens
Mentor

Evanston, Illinois | Sept. 2015 – June 2016
  • • Taught journalism and multimedia digital skills to Chicago youth

Voice of OC, Data Intern

Voice of OC
Data Intern

Santa Ana, California | July 2015 – Sept. 2015
Investigative news agency part of the Institute for Nonprofit News
  • • Filed public records requests for and analyzed pedestrian and bicycle collision data
  • • Learned to use QGIS and Leaflet as interactive mapping tools

Education

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism

Northwestern University
Medill School of Journalism

Evanston, Illinois | June 2018
  • Studying: JOUR, ASIAN_AM, IMC
  • Affiliations: AAJA, IRE, MUSAC, TEDxNU

Skills

Coding

HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python (in progress)

Web

Wordpress, SEO, Google Analytics IQ, social media

Adobe Programs

Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign

Other tools

Excel, Google Fusion Tables, QGIS

Languages

Chinese (native), Spanish (elementary)

Let's talk.