Matthew J. Turk

Education

Stanford University

September 2020 – June 2024 (Expected)
Stanford, CA

Autumn coursework tentatively includes Operating Systems Principles, Computer Vision: Foundations and Applications, and Decision Making Under Uncertainty.

Francis W. Parker School

September 2006 – June 2020
Chicago, IL

Francis W. Parker School is an independent school that goes from kindergarten through twelfth grade, dedicated to the growth and development of the whole person, on behalf of our democratic society and the wider world.

Experience

The Washington Post

Washington, dc
Software Engineering Intern
June 13, 2022 – Present

The Texas Tribune

AUSTIN, TX
Engineering Fellow
June 7 – august 13, 2021
  • Built an internal Slack messaging automation to help reporters keep track of the race, gender, and ethnicity of sources featured in published content.
  • Added enhancements to Django API, content management system, and A/B tests.
  • Participated in six occupational training sessions, including ones on investigative journalism, data visualization, and beat reporting.
  • Wrote documentation for AWS Lambda functions and managed Docker containers for local development.
  • Attended regular standup meetings, as well as bi-weekly sprints.
  • Worked directly with engineers and collaborated with editorial departments.

This 10-week program also involved fellows for audience engagement, data visuals, events, marketing, multimedia, reporting, and photography, all working together to cover state politics and current events, including two special sessions in the Texas Legislature.

Blocklight Analytics

Chicago, il
React Developer Intern
January 4 – may 14, 2021
  • Designed components and features in React that communicate with backend technologies to present users with metrics and data visualizations about their businesses. Wrote documentation for said components.
  • Collaborated with backend developers to establish objectives and design more functional, cohesive code to enhance the user experience. Led refactoring of frontend codebase additionally.

Activities

The Stanford Daily

stanford, ca
Chief Technology Officer
July 1, 2022 – present
Grind Managing Editor
December 13, 2021 – JUNE 30, 2022
  • Organized staff development and social events for writers.
  • Maintained consistent communication with desk editors and worked to implement clearer goals, policies, and programs for personal essays and reported creative nonfiction.
  • All section leaders are also expected to attend weekly editorial meetings, participate on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team, meet a daily content minimum, and aid in the layout of the print paper.
News Desk Editor: Business & Technology
July 15, 2021 – january 31, 2022
Technology Workshop Engineering Lead
AUGUST 16, 2021 – NOVEMBER 20, 2021
  • Designed curriculum for a seven-week educational program for high school students interested in technology and software development for news media.
  • Gave lectures on the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; version control; declarative programming; and data journalism in the 21st century.
  • Hosted weekly office hours, connecting with the individual passions of students, as well as providing further mentorship and technical assistance on assignments.
Beat Reporter: Ethics in Technology
February 1 – july 15, 2021
  • Published articles related to ethics in technology weekly.
  • Wrote beat memos and developed relationships with sources.
Grind Desk Editor
February 1 – july 15, 2021
  • Edited personal essays and narrative journalism.
  • Co-hosted section meetings and provided live edits to writers.
  • Documented and reflected on the experience of students in isolation while finishing high school and beginning college from home for the spring magazine.
News Staff Writer
September 1, 2020 – february 1, 2021
  • Selected as one of six authors to write for the autumn magazine.
  • Initiated mobile application redesign, leading subteam with Sketch 3 and React Native.
  • Applied modern principles of user interface design and familiarity with developer tools such as GitHub and Expo.

Stanford Student Space Initiative

Stanford, CA
Rockets Co-Lead: Project Phoenix
september 20, 2021 – april 30, 2022

The goal of Project Phoenix is to combine efforts in staging, payload, structures, recovery, and avionics to successfully launch multistage, high-powered rockets at competitions.

Webmaster
January 12 – december 31, 2021
  • Managed Ruby on Rails-powered website and co-led rocket design subteam by teaching Fusion 360 to members.
  • Migrated content to Webflow for a more robust and accessible content management system.
  • Completed diversity, equity, and inclusion training to better serve as a leader in the organization.