Matthew J. Turk

Education

Stanford University

September 2020 – June 2024 (Expected)
Stanford, CA

Autumn coursework includes Programing Abstractions, Creative Nonfiction, and Perspectives on American Journalism. This selection is still tentative.

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

Experience

Blocklight Analytics

Chicago, IL

React Developer Intern

Jan 4, 2021
Jan 4
May 14, 2021
Present
  • 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.

Experience

The Texas Tribune

Austin, TX

Engineering Fellow

Jun 7, 2021
Jun 7
Aug 13, 2021
Present
  • 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.

Activities

Stanford Student Space Initiative

Stanford, CA

Webmaster

Jan 12, 2021
Jan 12
Present
  • Managed Ruby on Rails-powered website and co-led rocket design subteam by teaching Fusion 360 to members.
  • Completed diversity, equity, and inclusion training to better serve as a leader in the organization.

Activities

The Stanford Daily

Stanford, CA

Desk Editor: The Grind

Feb 1, 2021
Feb 1
Jul 15, 2021
Present
  • Edited personal essays and narrative journalism.

Desk Editor: Business & Technology

Jul 15, 2021
Jul 15
Present

News Staff Writer

Jul 20, 2020
Jul 20
Feb 1, 2021
Present
  • 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.

Beat Reporter: Ethics in Technology

Feb 1, 2021
Feb 1
Jul 15, 2021
Present
  • Published articles related to ethics in technology weekly.
  • Wrote beat memos and developed relationships with sources.