Journalist & editor
Hi there! I’m a San Francisco native who has also lived in Milan and Florence, Italy. This site has been a place to focus on whatever interests me most – these days that’s data journalism and maps. I’ve been looking at it from a few different angles — in the field as a volunteer on the mapping team at the SF Botanical Gardens and from the computer screen for a certificate GIS course at SF City College.
I’m currently the communications manager at Strategies for Open Science (Stratos.) Previously, I served as editor for Superuser, the community publication of the OpenStack Foundation and managing editor at the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet), a nonprofit that keeps reporters up-to-date on tech and training opportunities in seven languages. As part of the merry crew at Cult of Mac, I reported on all things Apple from Cupertino as well as through trips to China and Brazil. I also launched a weekly iPad edition with original content and served as editor.
As a freelancer, I’ve worked for the Economist.com, Wired, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, BBC2, Newsweek, Discovery Channel and the Italian-language editions of Linux Magazine, Wired and Vanity Fair. While visiting the world’s only plant intelligence lab and voting in the first online Democratic primary I also picked up video, photo and web skills.
What else? I’ve also been a member of San Francisco’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (yup, we’re called NERTs) since 2010 and founded a project called Resiliency Maps to help people navigate their surroundings in emergencies. More on how this all got started in an interview at GeoHipster.
You can find me on Linked in and Twitter, use the contact form here or hit me up on email: nmATzoomata.com