journalism + data + code


About me

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.

From an early age, I was fascinated with the world around me and the natural design elements I pass on a daily basis. This long-held knack for design has paired with a passion for coding — I can create interactive web pages in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, analyze data in Microsoft Excel, R, and SQL, and program in Python. My experience at the University of Iowa’s award-winning, student-run newspaper, The Daily Iowan — coupled with my journalism coursework — taught me the importance of a story told well, and in an engaging and compelling manner.

Here’s how I got to where I am today:

  • At The Daily Iowan, I learned to craft long-form stories and report breaking news under strict deadlines. I served as managing digital editor modifying the digital process to be more efficient and pushed for a digital-first mindset in the newsroom. I led a team of 10 digital producers to monitor a website with a daily audience of 5,000 visitors and crafted digital engagement strategy to increase web traffic and social media audience by reviewing analytics.
  • At the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, I served as a student ambassador for the undergraduate program. I talked to prospective students and their parents about studying at the University of Iowa. I helped organize events for the school and redesigned the Iowa Summer Journalism Workshop website.
  • As an intern with EGR International — a New York-based marketing agency — I developed brand-architecture for the journalism school and created resources to connect students with alumni. I also developed marketing strategies and created multimedia content to brand the school.

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.


Coded creations

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The Daily Iowan
Candidate Tracker

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.

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Aadit Tambe
The Daily Iowan
Interactive: How are other colleges dealing with the coronavirus?

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.

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The Daily Iowan
Making America home: My 8,000-mile journey from India to the Heartland

I worked on a project for The DI about my experience coming to the U.S. as an international student. I needed JavaScript practice for creating data visualizations. I created an interactive web page that brought the numbers — mentioned in the story — to life.

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Newsgame: COVID-19 and Immigration

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?

Quiz: Can you pass the U.S. citizenship test

I taught myself JavaScript by watching YouTube videos and completing online tutorials. While doing so, I needed practice and, therefore, programmed a basic quiz.
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.

This portfolio website

After gaining inspiration from one of my professors, I decided to code my online portfolio — this website — myself. Tough, yet deeply satisfying.


Written Works

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Maryland Today
‘Zero Excuses’

Alum Who Attended UMD as a Dreamer Helps Other Immigrants Rebuild Their Lives.

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Maryland Today
Earth, From Diverse Perspectives

Research Team Develops Programs to Bring Change to One of STEM’s Most Homogeneous Fields

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Maryland Today
Model Car Kits Make Learning Kinetic During COVID

Women in Engineering Initiative Distributes 1,500 Engineering Kits to Local School Students

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The Daily Iowan
America home: My 8,000-mile journey from India to the Heartland

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.

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Aadit Tambe
The Daily Iowan
UI freshman makes thousands in stock market trade out of his dorm room

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.

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The Daily Iowan
UI’s tobacco ban difficult to enforce as students continue to smoke on campus

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.

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Summer columns

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.

Senior Column: The DI has been my home away from home

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.


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