journalism + data + code
I’m Aadit, a first-year master’s student at the University of Maryland, specializing in computational and data journalism.
I work as a graduate assistant in the editorial wing of the Office of Strategic Communications at the University of Maryland — I write for Maryland Today, the university’s daily news and information website. In January, I began working on the data team at the Howard Center For Investigative Journalism — I run data analyses in Python and R to develop promising story ideas.
I graduated from the University of Iowa in May, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a minor in German.
Here’s how I got to where I am today:
All these experiences helped me craft my journalistic goal: To marry computational journalism and narrative storytelling to report data-heavy stories — in an engaging manner — that impact the community.
Ahead of the 2020 caucuses, presidential candidates were flocking to eastern Iowa to make their case to area voters in one of the bluest pockets of the state. I coded an interactive map to plot their visits. This interactive earned me an honorable mention at the 2019 Associated Collegiate Press Awards for Best Multimedia Story of the Year.Check it out
I used “scrollytelling” or narrative visualization to take DI readers on a tour of the UI’s peer institutions to illustrate their plans, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, as of March 11, 2020.Check it out
This was a project I created for a capstone class — I used the concept of a “newsgame” to craft an immigration-related story in a compelling way.
The COVID-19 pandemic created a sense of anxiety among international students in the U.S. While some chose to return to their home countries, others stayed on campus. According to the New York Times, however, as their bank accounts dwindle, some had to turn to food banks for help. What would you do if you were in the U.S. trying to maintain an immigration status amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
Before enjoying their rights and privileges as U.S. citizens, immigrants take a 10-question test — they are required to answer six correctly to pass. A 2018 survey found that only 1 in 3 Americans would pass the test.
After gaining inspiration from one of my professors, I decided to code my online portfolio — this website — myself. Tough, yet deeply satisfying.
Alum Who Attended UMD as a Dreamer Helps Other Immigrants Rebuild Their Lives.Check it out
Research Team Develops Programs to Bring Change to One of STEM’s Most Homogeneous FieldsCheck it out
Women in Engineering Initiative Distributes 1,500 Engineering Kits to Local School StudentsCheck it out
Amid a four-year decline in international student enrollment at the University of Iowa, I narrated the story of my journey moving from India to Iowa and calling it home.Check it out
UI freshman Mahmoud Ali toyed around with business ideas in high school. Now, he trades stocks every day and has made what most achieve in their early 40s.Check it out
As more students shift from using combustible cigarettes to e-cigarettes such as vapes, UI Student Health & Wellness cessation program attendance has declined. UI’s enforcement of a tobacco-free policy continues to be difficult to enforce.Check it out
Growing up in India, my life was influenced by the huge leaps my country has made toward globalization. At the same time, I was raised to respect and value the culture and traditions that form the fabric of the nation. The open-mindedness of my family gave me the opportunity to pursue my college education in the United States. When I visit home now, I see and observe my country in a new light. Drawing parellels between Indian and American culture, I wrote biweekly columns from my hometown.
Coming to Iowa from India, I was a little anxious about how I would fit in. I was able to find my family at The Daily Iowan and created a home away from home.