BuzzFeed’s Jeremy Singer-Vine on data journalism


BuzzFeed first made its name on the Internet for pushing viral GIFs, cat pictures and listicles, but over the past two years the site has pushed to build its serious news credentials by hiring journalists from publications like Politico, Wired, ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal.

Among those hires was Jeremy Singer-Vine, who became the data editor for the BuzzFeed News investigative unit in March 2014.

During his time at BuzzFeed he has worked on a story about “beacons” — devices that can be used to track people’s movements — that were hidden in hundreds of pay phone booths in Manhattan, and an analysis of racial segregation in St. Louis suburbs following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. among others.

Previously, Singer-Vine worked at The Wall Street Journal as part of an investigative reporting team. Among his work there was the investigation “What They Know,” a data-heavy look into digital privacy. One of his projects, Waste Lands, which looked into the cleanup of sites that previously housed nuclear storage and processing facilities, was named a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting.

Before that, Singer-Vine worked as a data journalist at Slate magazine, where he also edited the magazine’s environmental coverage and contributed to the magazine’s “Explainer” column.

He is also the co-organizer of Hacks/Hackers NYC, a group that brings together journalists, computer programmers and others who are interested in using technology to discover and tell stories.