For Google fellow, Sunlight picks Nick

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Photo: Nick Judd

For the second year in a row, Sunlight will be hosting a Google Journalism Fellow. Nick Judd, a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago, will join Sunlight this summer, bringing with him a bundle of experience reporting on technology, politics and the data that help us to make sense of them.

Nick is one of 11 fellows who will spend ten weeks at journalism organizations across the country as part of the Google Journalism Fellowship. You can see the full list of organizations hosting winners of the Google Fellowship here. The hosts run the gamut from media outlets to research-driven and advocacy nonprofits, all of which work to promote freedom of information in the technological age.

Nick was selected from an exceptionally talented pool of applicants because of his unique background — spanning everything from storytelling to quantitative analysis — that fits perfectly into the Sunlight mold. He will be working with our reporting team, leveraging Sunlight tools and data to shed light on the influence of money in politics, just as the 2016 “invisible primary” season kicks in to full swing. And Nick brings solid skills to that role.

After undergraduate study at New York University, Nick worked as a reporter at local newspapers in the New York City area covering breaking news, before making the jump to TechPresident, an online publication that covers the impact of changing technology on our democracy. He eventually headed up the publication’s reporting team as managing editor from 2011 to 2013 while also volunteering his time to the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which advocates for public access to information and ethics in journalism.

Along the way, he has picked up scripting and statistical languages like Python and R, as well as how to use relational database systems.

These days, you can find Nick in the Windy City, where he’s working on a Ph.D. in sociology. He hasn’t left behind his passion for journalism, though. Nick tells us he views the two fields as complementary and says he’s excited to join Sunlight as we work to “build a view of the whole system, of a network of interconnected systems of influence, governance and politics, so folks can understand what’s happening and decide for themselves what needs to change.”