Tom Meagher (Data Editor)

Tom Meagher

Tom Meagher is the data editor at Thunderdome, leading a team of journalist-developers who build interactive web applications, support computer-assisted reporting projects in local newsrooms and offer training in data analysis and visualization.

Before joining Digital First Media, Tom was the data editor at The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., where he led a team of reporters and researchers working on enterprise stories and presenting data online.

Tom has also worked for the New Jersey Local News Service, the Herald News in what was then called West Paterson, N.J. and the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World. His work at the Herald News as a reporter was honored with awards from state and regional press organizations, and the paper won the award for the best small daily in the state during his time as city editor.

A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Missouri-Columbia, he lives with his family in New Jersey. A devotee of soccer in America and around the world, he supports Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Blog Posts

Getting the hang of DocumentCloud

Over the past few months, Thunderdome Data Editor Tom Meagher has been chatting with journalists around the company about DocumentCloud and how it can help you turn that pile of papers under your desk into one hell of a story.

Recently, Tom sat down with the folks on our Michigan data team to chat about DocumentCloud and its killer features. We captured the demonstration in this video.

Did we whet your appetite? Dig into these resources to learn more about working with DocumentCloud.

Have you used DocumentCloud for a story yet? We’d love to see what you’ve done with it. Leave us a comment or mention us on Twitter at @dfmdata.

Your chance to attend #NICAR14: Digital First Represents


Those who attend Investigative Reporters and Editors’ annual Computer-Assisted Reporting conference include the brightest and most generous minds pursuing data journalism for the best news organizations in the world. This winter, you have a chance to represent your Digital First newsroom and join them in Baltimore.

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Gaming the news

Participants in the Editors' Lab, including a team of data journalists from Thunderdome, posed for a picture at the end of the weekend. News organizations represented include the Associated Press, Boston Globe,  Chicago Tribune, NPR, ProPublica and more. (Jeanne Brooks/ONA)

A couple weeks ago, members of Thunderdome’s data team headed to the Global Editors Network Editors’ Lab at the New York Times to wrestle with how to turn news storytelling into a game.

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How we did it: Connecticut superintendents salary map and database

Image of Connecticut superintedents' salary map and database.

Last week, our Thunderdome data team launched an interactive database to accompany a group of stories for Digital First Media’s Connecticut papers. The project examined disparity in public school superintendent salaries. We wanted to walk our readers through the reporting and data collection, as well as the building of the map and database framework that sprang from the stories.

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Nerds among nerds: The Thunderdome data team


One of the many exciting aspects of Project Thunderdome is its commitment to building engaging interactive news applications and empowering our local newsrooms to pursue strong data stories. Now that our data team here is at full strength, we thought this would be a good time to introduce ourselves.

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