Max Harlow

I’m a newsroom developer at the Financial Times. Previously I’ve worked at the Guardian, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and Ordnance Survey’s Geovation Hub.

I also co-run Journocoders, a community of journalists and other people working in the media interested in developing technical skills for use in their reporting.

Projects

  1. CSV Match

    Finds matches in two spreadsheets, optionally using various fuzzy-matching algorithms. Used by organisations including the Guardian, the Times, and news agency Irin who used it to identify a company the United Nations had a contract with who was also on its own sanctions list.

  2. Reconcile

    Enrich data, adding new columns based on lookups to online services. For example, take a spreadsheet of company numbers and turn it into a list of directors of those companies.

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Talks

  1. Why code?

    CIJ Summer Conference 2019London, UK

    Discussion of how code is being used to find stories, and how to go about learning such skills. Panel discussion with Helena Bengtsson, Niamh McIntyre, and moderator Leila Haddou.

  2. How can code help your journalism?

    CIJ Summer Conference 2018London, UK

    An introduction to how code is used in the newsroom, with recent story examples, explaining the fundamental concepts and demystifying the jargon. We also guided attendees through the most common programming languages, and gave a roadmap to deciding which to pursue. Slides here.

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Teaching

  1. Introduction to code for journalists

    CIJ CoursesLondon, UK

    Want to take your first steps with code but not sure how to begin? Or want to learn how code is being used in the newsroom and if it can help you and your team? This weekend workshop is an introductory primer to learning to code, showing recent story examples, explaining the fundamental concepts in programming, and demystifying the jargon.

  2. Graph databases

    CIJ Summer Conference 2019London, UK

    Graph databases are incredibly useful to find connections or patterns within our data. This was a hands-on introduction to graph database Neo4j, showing examples of its use for investigative stories including the Panama and Paradise Papers, and teaching attendees how to build a graph of noteworthy individuals and match them with corporate data to see the networks involved.

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