Jake Kara Resume


Visiting Instructor, Wesleyan University, Fall 2017

Develop and co-teach undergraduate curriculum on fact-gathering, storytelling and principles of journalism, incorporating advanced data analysis techniques

Data Editor, The Connecticut Mirror, Oct. 2015 — Present

Full-stack web app development, data analysis and visualization for non-profit newsroom: build interactive graphics and databases using D3, Node, Django, PHP, Jekyll, *SQL; deploy using Docker, Heroku and AWS (S3, Beanstalk, EC2, Lambda); perform data collection and analysis using Pandas

Managing Editor, Hersam Acorn Newspapers, March 2014 — Oct. 2015

Ran all editorial operations of weekly newspaper and news website: managed staff; planned and assigned weekly coverage budgets; edited copy; designed all editorial space with InDesign; posted more than 100 items per week to website; grew Twitter audience by more than 50 percent in six months

Editor, Hersam Acorn Newspapers, March 2013 — March 2014

Planned, assigned and edited all editorial content for weekly, community newspaper

Reporter, Hersam Acorn Newspapers, July 2010 — March 2013

Covered local boards and police beats, as well as spot news and human interest assignments

Software Developer, Azure Ridge Management, July 2006 — Aug. 2008

Developed data collection and analysis software in Java and VB using trading platform APIs


Master’s degree candidate, Software Engineering, Harvard Extension School, (Projected) May 2020

Courses completed: Intensive introduction to computer science; database design and development; abstraction and design in computation; data structures and algorithms; UNIX/Linux system programming; Introduction to mobile application development using iOS and Swift

Graduate Certificate, Software Engineering, Harvard Extension School, May 2017

B.A., Professional Writing, Western Connecticut State University, May 2010

Graduated magna cum laude