John Osborn D’Agostino, aka Bayreporta, is an Oakland-based web developer, data journalist and game designer. He’s passionate about journalism games, data visualization and open government. His goal is to make games that incorporate the best of journalistic storytelling and investigation with the best of game design.
Marrying Gaming and Journalism
I’ve always been an advocate of finding ways to using “play” to tell journalistic stories. As people get more acquainted with interactive data-driven web apps and casual gaming, I believe that gaming will become a more viable medium to tell stories in journalism. Games are a powerful medium to tell stories, whether those stories are fictional or fixed in the real world. While I’m approaching this from the journalism perspective, game designers have been approaching from there’s for years now. Check out a directory of serious games I’ve collected.
Freelance Web Developer and Digital Consultant
I work with clients to build websites, make web interactives and offer consulting on digital strategy. If you’re interested in talking about a potential gig, feel free to contact me for more details.
Lecturer at San Francisco State University
Starting in Fall 2016, I joined SFSU as a lecturer teaching an Online Journalism class, where we cover how journalists can leverage the web to enhance their reporting and tell deeper stories using multimedia, data, and other technologies.
My Time at EdSource
For three years, I worked at EdSource, an Oakland-based non-profit organization that covers important California education issues and policy. As the Digital Communications Manager there, I built data-driven web applications and visualizations, administered our WordPress-based website and customized as needed to make life easier for the reporters, built and implemented technological solutions to augment the work of reporters, and assisted in the execution of an overall digital strategy.
Between 2013 and 2015, I volunteered my time with OpenOakland, a Code for America brigade that focuses on finding technological solutions to better interface with government data and services. I worked on the Open Disclosure project, where we grabbed raw campaign finance data from the city and created an easy way for residents to get meaningful context out of the numbers.
Teaching People About Data
In 2013 and 2014, I have worked with the U.C. Berkeley Knight Digital Media Center to teach journalists and other professionals how to communicate complex data visually. Topic matter at these workshops have included data visualization theory, mapping and how to use basic tools, like Google Charts and DataWrapper. I’ve taught five workshops to-date with two awesome experts in the field: Tasneem Raja and Cole Nussbaumer.