Peter Andringa

Peter Andringa

Journalist • Developer

Currently

Newsroom Engineer for Elections, The Washington Post

Work Experience

The Washington Post
Newsroom Engineer, Elections

Helped build the Post's elections infrastructure for the 2020 presidential race, including UX design, data visualization, and frontend development; along with work on data pipelines for the Post's COVID trackers.

Washington DC (remote)
May 2020-current

The Wall Street Journal
Graphics Intern

Scraped and analyzed data, built interactives and designed graphics for The Journal's Business & Finance section in both print and online, including graphics for front-page stories on both platforms.

New York, NY
June-Aug. 2019

The Guardian
Visuals Intern

Covered the 2018 midterm elections for the Guardian, building parts of the election backend and results page. Later produced post-election analyses and visual stories, then freelanced for the paper in 2019-20.

London, UK
Sept-Dec. 2018

NBC
Multimedia Journalism Intern

Produced videos, graphics and interactives for NBC’s national newsroom, creating reusable digital tools and new reader experiences across 15 owned-and-operated local websites.

New York, NY
June-Aug. 2018

The Delta Center
Media Intern

Helped run the Delta Center’s “Most Southern Place on Earth” teacher-training workshops by coordinating logistics, taking photos and video, producing multimedia stories and designing printed marketing.

Cleveland, MS
June-Aug. 2017

CustomInk
Software Engineering Intern, eCommerce

Entirely rebuilt the internal inventory management website, improving load times and reliability of the system using MySQL, MongoDB, Ruby on Rails and Javascript.

Fairfax, VA
June-Aug. 2016

nvite
Software Engineering Intern

Architected, built and launched a new “communities” feature for the start-up events platform, a key part of their eventual acquisition by Eventbrite in 2017.

Washington, DC
June-Aug. 2015

3advance
Engineering Intern

Washington, DC
June-Aug 2014

SocialTables
Product Engineering Intern

Washington, DC
June-Aug 2013
Portfolio

Visualizing Data Beyond Flatland
Research, Design

Completed an honors thesis studying the user experience of augmented reality data visualizations, designing my own AR graphics and conducting user tests to create guidelines for future designs.

Reese Innovation Lab
April 2020

To Rock the Charts in 2019, Bands Need a Little Help
Data, Interactive

Contributed to this story showing how bands are gaming the Billboard album charts, by scraping data, building an interactive and designing a full-width graphic for print.

The Wall Street Journal
August 2019

Gun violence has sharply declined in the's Bay Area. What happened?
Interactive

Led design, development and data visualization for the first story in The Guardian's series about gun violence in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Guardian
June 2019

2018 US Midterms: Live Results
Interactive, Data

Designed and built portions of The Guardian's elections stack, including backend data parsing, a staging environment, front-end React components, the ticker and post-election graphics analyzing results.

The Guardian
Nov. 2018

Facebook, the New Frontier of Political Ads
Writing, Interactive

An investigative story and interactive about the habits of political advertisers on Facebook, using scraped data even before the release of the company's Ad Archive API.

NBC Stations
July 2018

"Things Have Got to Change": Affordable Housing in Chapel Hill
Writing

A profile of Yvette Matthews, an activist for affordable housing amid soaring rents in Chapel Hill.

IndyWeek
April 2018
Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. Journalism (honors); Computer Science

Graduated with Highest Distinction, double-majoring in journalism and computer science with a minor in entrepreneurship. Relevant coursework includes Software Architecture, Interactive Journalism, Big Data Ethics, UX design, Multimedia Storytelling and Emerging Technologies.

Chapel Hill, NC
Aug. 2016 - May 2020

Duke University
Robertson Scholar

Member of a selective scholarship program as a “dual citizen” of both UNC and Duke, studying and living at both schools. Coursework: Algorithmic Journalism, Politics and Media, Fact-Checking and Profile Writing.

Durham, NC
Aug. 2016 - May 2020

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Software Engineering

Attended a selective STEM high school, graduating with a concentration in software engineering.

Alexandria, VA
Sept. 2012 - June 2016
Research

Duke DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy
Online Gatekeeping, Local News

Worked with Dr. Phillip Napoli on research on the consumption of local news on Facebook, using computational methods and exclusive datasets. Published in Nieman Lab and the Association of Internet Researchers, and recieved the center's award for Outstanding Journalism and Media Research.

Duke University
May 2018 - May 2020

Reese Innovation Lab
AR Storytelling

Developed new storytelling technologies in Prof. Steven King's lab, including a photogrammetry tool, AR experiences and a prototype of scavenger hunt app which won a $75,000 grant. Responsibilities included product management, research, design and development.

UNC - Chapel Hill
Sept 2017 - May 2020
Other Experience

UNC Faculty Council
Student Representative

Sept. 2017 - May 2020

Robertson Community Council
Co-Director

Sept. 2016 - May 2018

TEDxUNC
Director of Marketing

Sept. 2016 - Feb. 2018

UNC Student Government
Academic Affairs & First Year Council

Sept. 2016 - May. 2018

Joe for SBP, Garima for SBP
Director of Strategy

Nov. 2016 - Feb. 2018