[ dana amihere ]
designer. developer. data journalist.
Who am I?

I’m the Data Editor at KPCC, Southern California's most listened to NPR member station and the LAist, the digital content arm of Southern California Public Radio. I also teach code, design and data visualization at the University of North Texas and at various conferences and workshops across the country each year.

Check out some of my work below or drop me a line with any questions or comments.

What I’m about
I aim for a clean aesthetic when it comes to creating a user interface. I want the reader to be enthralled with the story, not caught up in the frills and fluff of extraneous design elements which don’t augment or complement the storytelling.
An engaging user experience is tantamount for me as a designer and developer. I don’t want to just attract readers to a story online; I want to engage users in a immersive storytelling experience that enhances their understanding with visuals and audio to make an emotional connection.
Data reporting and visualization are areas in which I believe I excel. Not only can I find and organize data but also visualize patterns and trends as a story. Consequently, I’m able to work as a designer and developer but also a content producer.

Icons via Noun Project (Attilio Baghino, Aneeque Ahmed, mikicon)
Things I’ve made
How I do it
Things I’ve won

Star Online Package of the year - 2nd place
Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for “My Aryan Princess,” 2018

Award of Excellence
Society of News Design for “My Aryan Princess,” 2018

Newsroom Award for Digital Design
The Dallas Morning News for “My Aryan Princess,” 2017

Idea Lab Fellowship
The Dallas Morning News, research and teaching at University of Texas-Austin, 2016

Newsroom Award for Alternative Storytelling
The Dallas Morning News for “Dallas Police Ambush in Pictures,” 2016

Single-Topic News or Feature award finalist
Education Writers Association for “#BlackAtSMU,” 2016

Print/Digital Feature News award finalist
NAHJ Journalism Awards for "#BlackAtSMU," 2016

Outstanding Newsroom Performer
The Baltimore Sun for Voter Guide, 2014

Best Use of Interactive Media, 2nd place
Maryland-D.C. Press Association for "Top 20 Ravens Moments," 2013

Things I’ve taught

Use data visualization to tell better stories :: Hands-on training for APME NewsTrain 2018 at Univeristy of North Texas, Denton, TX

Data Reporting: The Ultimate Lie Detector :: Panel at National Association of Black Journalists Convention 2018, Detroit, MI

Managing the “blind spots” in community news coverage :: Session taught at SRCCON 2018, Minneapolis, MN

Data Reporting and Visualization :: Course taught at University of North Texas beginning Fall 2018, Denton, TX

Celebrate Mayborn :: 2018 roundtable mentoring event for undergraduates, Denton, TX

Digital Media :: Course taught at University of North Texas from Fall 2017-present, Denton, TX

First Graphics App :: Workshop at 2018 National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting Confernce, Chicago, IL

Data Blitz :: Panel at 2018 National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting Confernce, Chicago, IL

#BlackatSMU: Covering Racial Inequality on Campus :: Workshop at 2017 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, Dallas, TX

The Art of Multimedia Storytelling: The Aryan Princess :: Panel at 2017 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, Grapevine, TX

Just Enough Django :: Workshop at 2017 National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting Confernce, Jacksonville, FL

Practical Data Viz in JavaScript :: Workshop at 2016 National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting Confernce, Denver, CO

Interactive Graphics for People with No Free Time :: Workshop at 2016 National Association of Science Writers Confernce, San Antonio, TX

Digital Publishing :: Course taught at Towson University from Fall 2014-Fall 2015, Towson, MD