Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

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Reach

A mobile canvassing application that allows users to search for and survey people anytime, anywhere.

Skills: JavaScript, React, Redux, CSS, HTML

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Windstream

Full re-platform, redesign, and maintenance of Windstream web properties, including updated e-commerce interface and processes.

Skills: JavaScript, React, Redux, CSS, HTML

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BMW 7 Series Innovation Overload

An infinite-scroll landing page displaying the features of the 2016 BMW 7 Series in a masonry layout.

Skills: JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, HTML

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The Story Exchange

The Story Exchange is a nonprofit media organization dedicated to telling the personal and professional stories of women business owners.

Skills: WordPress, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, HTML, Excel, CartoDB

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NYC Farmers Market Locator

githubThis app is a mashup of the Google Maps API and the State of New York Open Data API. It allows two ways to search for a nearby farmers market: geolocation via the browser or searching for a specific address or zip code. It shows farmers markets within a 1 mile radius of the given location on the map, while a column of cards gives information on each market, such as schedules, a link to open a native mapping application if on mobile device, and website (if any). It is completely responsive and mobile-friendly. Many future features are planned!

Skills: APIs, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, HTML

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Bummer Bears

An e-commerce website for the sale of stuffed bears tailored specifically for a sick loved-one or friend. Contracted through Sore Thumb Marketing.

Skills: Shopify, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, HTML

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PositivelyIsrael.org

Positively Israel campaign micro-site built for Jewish National Fund.

Skills: Convio, jQuery, CSS, HTML, Google Fusion Tables (map)

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FlickrMap

githubJust a very simple JSON to Google Maps example, using the Flickr API. Finds and plots photos based on search term within specific geographic area (Bronx, NY). Try “zoo”, “NYPD”, or “Yankees”. Default search term is “baseball”.

Skills: jQuery, JavaScript, JSON, API, CSS, HTML

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Jay Rosen’s Explainthis.org Would Have Journalists Answer Users’ Questions

Interviewed NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen about ExplainThis.org, an open system for asking and answering questions that journalists can use for story ideas.

If you listen to Rebooting the News, a podcast done by Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at NYU, and Dave Winer, often described as the father of blogging and RSS, you’ve heard their ongoing discussion about the importance of context and explanation in a new system for news.

Building on those ideas and several existing projects, Rosen has developed an idea that could make journalism better by allowing more people to participate in the process: ExplainThis.

Published: January 8, 2010

Publication: Poynter E-Media Tidbits, a Poynter Institute blog about the intersection of news & technology.

Skills: Reporting, Writing

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How Programmer/Journalists Craft Their Own Study Programs

Interviewed six college students who are teaching themselves a combination of journalism and programming as part of a series on the “programmer/journalist” trend.

Remember the sidewalk scene from “Reservoir Dogs” that showed a group of tough guys walking down the street? They’re all out to do the same thing, but none of them are what you’d expect. The same seems true for aspiring programmer/journalists.

I spoke to six college students who are combining self-taught programming with elements of journalism education. Most work at their student papers, but only two are journalism majors. These students are putting what they know and love together in ways their formal education — and in some ways the industry as a whole — hasn’t caught up with yet.

Published: December 2, 2009

Publication: PBS MediaShift, a blog that tracks how new media — from weblogs to podcasts to citizen journalism — are changing society and culture.

Skills: Reporting, Writing