Published December 8, 2013
With a cold front moving through Texas this weekend, I thought I'd use my Arduino's temperature sensor to track the overnight temperature of the unheated living room and compare its readings to the actual outdoor temperature.
Published November 24, 2013
I used to say "I work with data, but I'm not really a designer." Data journalism is the combination of many disciplines, after all. But working with talented journalists changed my attitude about the role of design in storytelling.
Published October 22, 2013
Texas Tribune reporters work with sweet datasets, and I was excited to go to town on visualizing reports on how much county jails spent to house undocumented immigrants. Maybe the cartogram of my dreams isn't the best way to serve readers with information, but personal blogs are for experimenting viz techniques, right?
Published October 19, 2013
An ode to "stepper maps" - interactive maps with navigation tools to let users explore the locations of events in chronological order - with an example interactive.
Published July 10, 2013
Some students take it easy for the spring semester of their senior year; I loaded up on Introduction to Algorithms and Statistical Methods for Data Mining. Here are some observations from a stats class project involving logistic regression, neural networks and classification trees.
Published July 5, 2013
In one crazy 48-hour span, I received a college diploma, set foot in New York for the first time and started an internship. There was little time for reflection, but here are some thoughts on how journalism school trained me in the ways of the "unicorn": a designer who can write code for the internet .
Published April 16, 2013
Northwestern University's football team won its first bowl game since 1949 on January 1, and the twittersphere lit up with the athletic program's official hashtag, #B1GCats. Good thing we were prepared with an 8-bit Twitter tracking app.
Published November 18, 2012
ONA Camp: Minnesota is a day-long online journalism training hosted by the Online News Association. I road tripped from Chicago to Minneapolis with ONA Northwestern organizers and made a goofy parallax graphic.
Published October 23, 2012
A Washington Post article joked about it, but a simple computer script analyzes the transcripts of real convention addresses and makes silly computer-generated speeches.
Published May 20, 2012
The City of Chicago closed half of its public mental health centers during the month of April, and 23 people were arrested while occupying a clinic in protest.
Thanks for visiting my site! My name is Dan Hill and I am a student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism with a minor in Computer Science. This is where I post some of my own reporting.
There are lots of Dan Hills out there. If you're looking for an interview with Dan Hill, the 2010 Nebraska congressional candidate, check out the article to the right. If you're looking for Dan Hill, the Canadian pop singer, you're at the wrong site.
Dan Hill, a 45-year-old military veteran from Michigan, launched his campaign for Nebraska's 3rd district House of Representatives to little fanfare in the summer. Seeking to upset incumbent Republican Adrian Smith, Hill ran as a conservative independent and staged a grassroots campaign, traveling the west half of the state to engage rural voters. He even wrote a book describing his background and political views. I spoke with Dan Hill, the candidate, recently to find out how he would represent the many people who share our name across the country.