Hello! My name is Sam Schlinkert. I live in New York where I am a social media editor and programmer. I'm currently employed as a Social Media Producer at CNN, focusing mainly on publishing to Facebook and social media analytics.
Previously, I was an Associate Social Media Editor for BuzzFeed News. Prior to that I attended the Flatiron School, a coding bootcamp working with the Ruby programming language. And before that I was the Deputy Social Media Editor at Newsweek & The Daily Beast.
I was introduced to Ruby and Ruby on Rails in 2014 when I attended The Flatiron School, a coding bootcamp. Below are some of my favorite projects I've built since then. You can read about my experiences in web development over on my programming blog.
It was a wonderful and very rewarding experience to have others use my program, suggest improvements, and submit pull requests. Since then I've only become more interested in open source code and the communities around such projects.
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To solve this problem, a partner and I built SquawkBot. (Note: The app may be down until I re-launch it on Heroku or elsewhere.) This Rails app uses the Twitter REST API to get the last 1,000 tweets for a user's timeline and finds URLs that appear more than once. I wrote a blog post in two parts to explain our process (part one, part two).
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Users can also search for upcoming lessons using a select box I built using Chosen, a jQuery library. We also implemented the Rails "data-remote true" pattern to post lesson comments using AJAX. Almost all of the app was built using test-driven development. Currently most of the app's functionality is only accessible to members of the Flatiron community, however you can watch a demo.
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After finishing Flatiron School, I did some freelance consulting work for Shareablee, a social media analytics start-up in New York. Using Python, the Flask framework, the Facebook Graph API, and NVD3 I analyzed how their customers used Facebook posts, then created a web application to display the information visually and allow potential customers to connect their Facebook data and compare their numbers against the compiled benchmarks.
At Newsweek & The Daily Beast I was a part of an informal group called Newsbeast Labs that produced interactives to add depth to news stories. These interactives included maps, charts, graphics... anything that went beyond standard text and photos. In December of 2012 the Labs group was interviewed for AdWeek.
While my official title at Newsbeast was Deputy Social Media Editor, I very much enjoyed working with editors and reporters to make their stories more meaningful through the use of basic front-end web design.
For this project I started with code written by Michael Keller, a former co-worker, for a project that displayed differing opinions on Edward Snowden.
This interactive has some cool things going on behind the scenes. Using the Miso Project, it pulls information from an associated CSV spreadsheet.
The spreadsheet has a unique row for each person, with columns for name, title, image location, x and y positions on the grid, and any information displayed in the hover windows. By using Miso in this way, it's easier for those not comfortable editing code to create and edit the content of the interactive using Excel or Google Docs.
After consulting two economists, I developed a little app that allows users to select how much more they'd be willing to pay for a Big Mac. Once the user selects a value, they automatically see how much above the $7.25 minimum wage workers can make as a result, and whether that gets them over the official poverty line.
I wrote a lengthy post on the Newsbeast Labs Tumblr detailing how I approached and executed the project.
Our task was to design and create a stand-alone site that best presented his work. For more information, you can read our Newsbeast Labs Tumblr post about the process.
After a Google search for a handy jQuery plugin we were in business in just a few hours.
I am currently a Social Media Producer at CNN, where I primarily work with CNN's flagship Facebook account. I also compile and analyze social media analytics using various tools, including some I've built myself.
Previously I held similar positions at BuzzFeed News and Newsweek & The Daily Beast, focusing on running both organizations' Twitter and Facebook accounts.
In 2013 our small social team at The Beast was nominated for a Webby in the News & Information category. The Daily Beast was also named one of "15 Brands Rocking Tumblr" by Mashable in November of 2013 thanks to The Cheat Sheet.
While at Newsweek and The Daily Beast I reported a few articles. Here are some favorites:
- “This is How China Hacks America: Inside the Mandiant Report”
- An interview with Lars Rasmussen of Facebook
- A profile of the media center at Occupy Wall Street
- “7 Things to Do on National Day of Unplugging”
More casually, I've written posts on Medium about 10 tech gadgets I've enjoyed using, a call for text-file preferences, and mechanical keyboards. And for something more poetic, check out this dreamy travel diary of a trip to Los Angeles in 2011.
(Much later, in 2017, I wrote a tic-tac-toe game in Rust.)
Read my blog post about this project / View the code on GitHub