Who loved Mother’s Day brunch? Googlers in Montana

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in data | No Comments

Who doesn’t love brunch, and especially brunch with mom? Helena, Montana definitely does, according to search data kept by Google. And Missoula’s got the no. 3 spot out of 191 cities. Great Falls, Montana landed at #10. Montana folks know how to find brunch the way that I would: ask Google. Other interesting nuggets: Florida doesn’t […]

Using data to fact-check politicians

Using data to fact-check politicians

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in data, journalism | No Comments

Using data to fact-check politicians isn’t new. But as a reporter, it never gets old. At the March 16 round table in Sarasota with Gov. Rick Scott and area business leaders, he said something that set off my BS alarm. Economic development is happening “all across the state. It’s not just in one part of the […]

There’s a database dedicated to helping you find farmer’s markets

There’s a database dedicated to helping you find farmer’s markets

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in data, Food, GCF | No Comments

I’ve never been so happy to find a database. The U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains a searchable directory for farmer’s markets across the U.S. Access the directory here. The directory includes all markets with two or more farm vendors. It has the market’s name, city, state and a link to the website. It also includes […]

I mined my own Twitter data and here’s what I found

I mined my own Twitter data and here’s what I found

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in data | No Comments

Twitter’s always been my favorite social networking tool. Some people don’t “get” Twitter. I’ll be blunt: I like Twitter because there’s nearly no room for minced words. Say what you need to say in 140 characters or get out. And the mere existence of Twitter allows for stuff like #boycottBradenton to happen. In March, I went to […]