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

Currently enrolled in: Introduction to mobile application development using iOS and Swift

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

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

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

Graduated magna cum laude