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NYC Evictions: 2017-2022

In-depth analysis of evictions patterns in New York City before and during the covid-19 pandemic.

NYC Water Tank Map

First-ever comprehensive inspection map of NYC's estimated 10,000+ rooftop water tanks, showing widespread neglect around the city. Based on FOILed inspection records from the NYC DOHMH and land use data from the NYC Department of Buildings' PLUTO database. Built with the Google Maps JS API.

Jan 6. Legal Fallout

A look at the ongoing legal fallout of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, with "plane map" graphics showing the geographic relationships between defendants and prosecutors and defenders.

LAPD Cannabis Raids, 2018

Cross-references the locations of several dozen cannabis-related raids by the LAPD and California Department of Consumer Affairs against poverty levels throughout Los Angeles. Built with the Mapbox GL JS API and D3.js.

Unaffordable Rent

Analysis of rental housing affordability in America's largest cities. The typical renter can only afford to live in six of America's 50 largest cities, based on data from the Census bureau and listings site RENTCafé.

Multiple Sclerosis Drugs Have Been Getting A Lot More Expensive

Newmark J-School Capstone Project, December 2018

About

Ben Jay is a Brooklyn-based web developer and journalist, specializing in data visualization and reporting. He's currently a graphics editor at Law360. After working for a number of years as a writer and photographer, Ben enrolled in Flatiron School's web development bootcamp, and later applied the technical skills he learned there to journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where he earned his Master's Degree.

He strongly believes in the power of data as a reporting tool, and strives to use data and interactives to tell stories in new and unique ways, without sacrificing their essential news value. His favorite topics to cover include politics and government administration, health and science, and the areas where they intersect. When he isn't parsing CSVs, he enjoys cycling, drinking overpriced beer, online trivia, and hanging out with his wife, Emily, and their cat, Luna.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, CNBC, City & State New York, Deadspin, Cannabis Wire, Gothamist, Cannabis Wire, Edible, Serious Eats, DNAinfo, Village Voice and others. He's also a skilled event photographer and photojournalist.

Resume

JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

Law360

September 2020 to Present

Graphics Editor – Produce longform and quick-turnaround interactive graphics for a major legal news service. Collaborate with reporters, editors and researchers to refine graphics ideas for stories and assist with data analysis and cleaning. Special focus on graphics for Law360 Pulse legal industry surveys, Law360 Real Estate Authority, and Access to Justice. Work on website layout and photo/image management.

CNBC

October 2019 to July 2020

Data Reporter, Grow – Reported and wrote data-driven stories for Grow, a personal finance blog. Areas of coverage included real estate, housing, family finance and budgeting, the financial impacts of covid-19, retirement, investing and car buying.


Cannabis Wire

June 2018 to Present

Freelance Developer – Build internal reporting tools and provide data-oriented stories for an online startup covering cannabis policy and economics in the U.S. and around the world. Tools allow editors to monitor cannabis-related legislation and government rules, as well as social media statements from public officials, in real time.


Freelance Journalist and Photographer

December 2009 to Present

Work has appeared in The New York Times, Gothamist, Deadspin, City & State New York, Cannabis Wire, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, Edible, Serious Eats, DNAinfo, Village Voice and others.


City & State New York

January 2018 to May 2018

Data Intern/Freelance Contributor – Reported on data-oriented political stories in city and state governments, focusing on public pension fund investments, congestion pricing, New York state’s budget, lobbying, and water tank inspections. Scraped and analyzed government databases. Assisted staffers with data-related story elements.


Gothamist

September 2014 to November 2017

Contributing Writer/Photographer – Wrote, photographed and pitched hard news and feature stories. Covered food, arts, local politics and events. Attended community board meetings for story ideas and research.

DATA AND WEB DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS (MORE AT GITHUB.COM/FAKEBENJAY)

NYC Evictions Creep Up As Housing Courts Get Busier: https://www.law360.com/articles/1513877


• Feature on the state of evictions in New York City as covid-era tenant protections expire. Evictions are slowly but steadily climbing now that the statewide eviction moratorium has lapsed, but Emergency Rental Assistance Program applicants still enjoy some protections.

• Worked with reporter to analyze executed eviction warrant data from NYC's Department of Investigation, develop a methodology for filtering evictions with multiple warrants, and visualize evictions and case stats over time and by ZIP code.


'Flooded': Jan. 6 Caseload Draws Nationwide Legal Effort: https://www.law360.com/articles/1449133


• Feature on the ongoing nationwide legal effort to prosecute and defend the January 6th capitol rioters, as part of Law360’s “One Year Later, Fallout From Jan. 6 Riot Continues In Court” package.

• Worked with reporter to clean and analyze data on hundreds on 1/6 prosecutions, and link defendants to public defenders, prosecutors and federal judicial districts in two “flight map” visualizations.


NYC Water Tank Inspection Results 2015-2017: https://www.cityandstateny.com/policy/2018/05/lax-oversight- dubious-testing-in-water-tanks-pose-health-risks/178440/


• First-ever centralized directory of NYC’s rooftop water tanks, which provide much of the city’s water.

• Visualized tank inspection data from a FOIL request and building data from the city’s PLUTO land use database.

• Led to direct action from the New York City Council.

EDUCATION

Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY (New York, NY)

M.A. Journalism, December 2018


SUNY Geneseo (Geneseo, NY)

B.A. International Relations, May 2012


Flatiron School (New York, NY)

Full Stack Web Development Immersive Program, February to April 2017


SKILLS

Coding: JavaScript, D3, React/Redux, Python, Django, Jupyter Notebooks, Pandas, Scraping (Nokogiri, BeautifulSoup), Mapbox API, Ruby, Rails, SQL, R, HTML, CSS, Git, Lodash, jQuery

Software: Excel, Datawrapper, Mapshaper, Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom, Premiere, After Effects, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, Hindenburg, DAVID Systems

Additional: Photography, Writing, Research, Audio production and editing, Video production and editing

HONORS

2022 Azbee Awards of Excellence: Regional Silver Award (Northeast) for Law360's Infographics

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