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Chartbeat is proud to be a part of WayUp’s first-ever National Intern Day dedicated to celebrating interns across the country. We value the efforts of our interns, and we’re happy to give them the independence to work on important projects and become involved in a variety of departments. As a way to show our appreciation for their daily contributions as significant members of our team, we took some photos and asked them some questions to provide an inside look at Chartbeat’s summer interns.



I attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where I’m majoring in Computer Science and have just 2 classes remaining before finishing my degree! I’m also from Livingston, NJ (sadly it’s the same town where Chris Christie grew up).

How did you find out about Chartbeat?

I went to a hackNY alumni (alumNY) event and I met Manny there! My friend nudged me really hard to go ask Manny if Chartbeat was looking for any interns and after some intimidating interviews, I’m here!

What is your go-to news source?

reddit! It’s an odd combination of semi-misleading titles and passionate commenters. I enjoy keeping up to date while reading the dramatic reactions of others who haven’t taken the time to read said article.

What is your favorite part about interning in Union Square?

I have a lot of friends who are currently working in the city around the Union Square area. So it’s really easy to hang out with them after work! There are also a ton of nearby yummy places to go eat and parks to relax in after work.



I am a student at University of Colorado, Boulder, and I am studying Applied Math and Computer Science. I’m originally from Russian, Moscow but my current hometown is Colorado.

What do you like best about your specific position?

I love that I have gotten the creative freedom to research and think of what products could be done with Chartbeat’s data. I learned a ton of business acumen this way that I was very curious about.

How do you like to spend your weekends away from Chartbeat?

I love classical music, good people, and hip hop dancing. Gladly, NYC is a perfect place to find all of those in a vast abundance.

What is your go-to news source?

I love the Economist. It is a great journal for getting an educated and well-researched perspective on various subjects. In particular, I read their technology, finance, and economics subsections.



I’m a Business Administration major at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and I’m from Staten Island, NY.

How did you find out about Chartbeat?

I found out about Chartbeat through a program called NYC Ladders for Leaders. This program connects high school and college students with summer internship opportunities in New York City in a variety of fields. After submitting my application to them, my program provider informed me about the opportunity with Chartbeat which eventually led to an interview.

How do you like to spend your weekends away from Chartbeat?

On my weekends in the summer, I enjoy being outside as much as possible. I like taking trips to the beach, exploring new places, and staying active by walking, running or biking.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I’d go with teleportation. I like the idea of skipping travel time altogether, and it would give me the opportunity to visit exotic destinations all over the world in an instant. Another perk would be not needing to worry about being late for things.



I am a first year PhD student at Cornell University, where I’ve worked on projects broadly related to natural language processing, from designing new approaches to text summarization to understanding and predicting how users read and engage with Web pages. I have lived in many different places, including in Finland for a week.

What is your favorite part of interning in Union Square?

I used to think of “Union Square” as just a sad-looking subway station. However, it turns out that it is also a thing above ground! The above-ground part is very pleasant and thoughtfully designed, with lots of bird life if that’s your thing (it’s my thing). Overall rating: 9.5/10

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I want to be a dog.

What do you like best about your specific position?

What makes a story work well? How can we improve the quality of our writing, photos, and other content? And how can we better understand what users are interested in and want to read? Chartbeat has an amazing amount of data linking content — articles, photos, videos, and more — to the users who engage with it. Chartbeat also has a fantastic data science team, that I’m very happy to be a part of this summer! While I’m here, I’ve been exploring these interesting questions, and using the unique data available here to improve our understanding of both stories and the audience that reads them. Finding patterns and other insights in user engagement on the Web is the first step to understanding a much more difficult, but immensely interesting question: What makes writing good?


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Today, Chartbeat celebrates World Press Freedom Day and journalists around the globe.

As part of our commemoration, we wanted to spotlight 14 examples – gathered and curated directly from the Chartbeat team – of critical stories that may not have seen the light of day without the efforts of courageous reporters and editors. These stories drive home the integrity and bravery of journalists worldwide, and underscore the importance of a free and thriving press.

  1. They are slaughtering us like animals’ – Daniel Berehulak, The New York Times

    A photojournalistic look at President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, documenting 57 homicide victims over 35 days.

  2. My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation – Shane Bauer, Mother Jones

    Mother Jones reporter worked for four months as a private prison guard for an unconstrained look inside the U.S. penal system.

  3. The CountedThe Guardian

    A Guardian investigation revealed the true number of people killed by law enforcement in the U.S., told the stories of who they were, and established the trends in how they died. The US government responded.

  4. How Ingrained Is Sexism in Silicon Valley? Ask the Women Trying to Get Funding – Doree Shafrir, New York Magazine

    ‘When she asked whether or not the investor had seen the background on her company, he replied, “No, I didn’t. Actually, I’ve got to be honest with you — I didn’t look into it at all. I just took the meeting because you’re hot.”’

  5. Killings of Gay Chechens – Elena Milashina and Irina Gordienko, Novaya Gazeta

    An investigation into persecution of the LGBTQ community in Chechnya. Since publishing this piece, the reporter, Elena Milashina, has had to go into hiding.

  6. The Atrocities in Yemen – Iona Craig

    Iona Craig is interviewed on Al Jazeera English about the UN report discussing the atrocities in Yemen — and the need for a truly independent coalition to conduct such investigations.

  7. Part I: Afghan Refugees Forced to Return to a Home Many Have Never Known
    Part II: Police Harassment Drives Afghan Refugees Out of Pakistan – Umer Ali, News Deeply

    In the “Return to Afghanistan” series, Umer Ali travels to the Pakistani border city of Peshawar and digs into the forced return of thousands of Afghan refugees, its effect on families, and reports of their intimidation.

  8. Photojournalism from Syria – Rami Jarrah

    Rami Jarrah, a Syrian political activist, uses his Instagram account to document the Syrian civil war through photographs of the Syrian people.

  9. Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 –  David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post

    In a video obtained by
    The Washington Post, Donald Trump brags in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone.

  10. How Erdogan became Turkey’s biggest media boss – Ufuk Sanli, Turkey Pulse

    A ferocious onslaught on critical media over the past year has left President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey’s biggest media boss. “If I were a dictator,” he said, “you wouldn’t be able to say all this.” Sanli, the author of this piece, has been
    arrested twice.

  11. How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy – Allen St. John, Consumer Reports

    An in-depth look at the Affordable Care Act and how expanded health insurance has helped families across the country stay out of bankruptcy.

  12. The Khadija Project

    Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova covered the corruption of Azerbaijan’s ruling family before she was arrested on Dec. 5, 2014 and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison on September 2015. She appealed and was set free on May 25, 2016. The Khadija Project continues her work on behalf of other journalists behind bars in Azerbaijan.

  13. ‘Our daughter has no memory of her father’: Chhattisgarh reporter gets bail after 17 months – Malini Subramaniam,

    “These two laws are widely held as draconian as the ‘unlawful activity’ laid down in these Acts are vague and so broad as to be highly amenable to gross abuse and arbitrary and unreasonable action by the state police and administration,” said Sudha Bharadwaj, general secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

  14. “Northern coyotes are increasing quotas for Trump” – Oscar Martínez, elfaro

    An in-depth look at undocumented immigration and the “coyotes” who facilitate it in Central America and Mexico.

(Yes, we know we’re a day late – yesterday was a day without women, after all.)


Yesterday and every day, we salute the women of Chartbeat and beyond. First, let’s highlight a few organizations that promote women in journalism. Supporting women in media is increasingly important, and we salute you for all the work you do:

Now, we’re shining the spotlight on some of the Chartladies: who they are, how they kick ass every day, and who they look up to. We couldn’t do it without you!


Terri Walter, Chief Marketing Officer

A woman I look up to: I had the good fortune of meeting Shelley Zalis in the course of my career and she has been a huge inspiration to me. Shelley was formerly the CEO of a research company in the advertising industry and she was one of the few CEOs I knew who was not only smart and visionary in her field, but who was also not afraid to embrace her feminine side. Armed with ground-breaking insights and leadership qualities while also donning Christian Louboutin’s and a smile, Shelly showed me that you can fiercely competitive, smart and insightful and beautiful–all at the same time and without compromise. Shelly has since founded the Girls’ Lounge and the Female Quotient and is fully dedicated to helping women around the world grow and succeed.  Her belief in girlfriend power – the idea that women can provide friendship and support to each other to lift us all – has changed how I interact with others and has given me a great source of strength and inspiration.

My favorite moment (so far) of 2017: When our thought leadership around how consumers self-select the news they read was covered on page 3 of The New York Times. This was a huge PR and visibility win for the company, but more than that, it helped us all realize internally how powerful our data really is.


Erin Isenberg, Head of Customer Support

A woman I look up to: I know it’s a cliche, but my mom and my grandmothers are who I look up to. They are all strong smart women who worked incredibly hard to build the life they wanted for themselves and for their family. I wouldn’t be able to have the career that I do if it were not for them.

Best part about being in the Chartladies crew: Women at Chartbeat are so supportive of each other. Working in tech as a woman is not always easy and it’s beyond important to have such a helpful group of women to turn to.

Best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten: “Say it out loud.” In other words, know what you want and don’t be afraid to bring it up again and again.


Jill Nicholson, Head of Product Education

Favorite project I’ve worked on at Chartbeat: Showing off the rebuilt Heads Up Display to Chartbeat users. As a former homepage manager, I really feel that the product makes life better for working journalists. There are so many concrete ways you can use the information in the Heads Up Display to actually make a better experience for your readers and to show of your great journalism. Those trainings made me excited about storytelling and page curation. To be honest, it also made me miss the newsroom a lot. But I get to travel to so many newsrooms on behalf of Chartbeat that I still get my breaking news fix.

Best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten: Everyone needs an editor. Doesn’t matter what you’re working on or creating. Doesn’t matter if it’s something you do professionally or a skill you’re just starting to learn. You always get a better result when you run it by a person you trust. A new perspective and fresh set of eyes are always worth the time.

What I’m listening to these days: Though I’ve already read the books a few times, I’m listening to the audio version of Red Rising. It’s interesting to hear how they interpret the different accents for the different characters.


Sonya Song, Data Scientist

A woman I look up to: Lee Miller has been my inspiration and we’ll be soon celebrating her 110th birthday anniversary. She took many roles in her life, admirable or not, a pursued model, an original surrealistic photographer, a persistent war correspondent, an alcoholic aged woman, a depressed wife, a gourmet cook… After her death, her only son wisely named the biography of her “The Lives of Lee Miller.”

Best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten: Steve Wildman, my academic advisor, always asked me, is this what you really want to do; is it your own choice? He also stressed many times that a job is something you spend one third of your life doing and you better enjoy it. My take of his advice is that happiness is the best guidance and drive of a fulfilled life and I won’t allow myself to be distracted from it.

The best book I’ve read recently: I’ve been reading Edward Bernays’s Crystalizing Public Opinion published in the 1920’s. He talked extensively about how news media could shape public opinions, or fail to do so in other occasions. Surprisingly, he thought more about the audience and their responses than journalists did and do after a century, who communicate sometimes as if there were a fourth wall between themselves and their audience. Having experienced and studied censorship and propaganda, I’m now learning from Bernays how crowd psychology plays a role in shaping or manipulating people’s minds.


Nele Mayer, Sales Development Representative

What I’m listening to these days: I have been listening to “The Daily” with Michael Barbaro by the New York Times every morning. I think it is insightful, to the point and has the perfect length for my trip downtown from the Upper East Side. Michael Barbaro managed to make me more excited about my morning commute than my commute home, which is quite the accomplishment. However, I must admit I am a morning person by nature, so he does not get full credit.

An interesting fact about me: I wrote an undergraduate thesis at NYU called “The Nazi Nude” on the female nude in Nazi painting, sexual politics and an array of other disturbing things that were going on at the time. I am currently working on publishing the thesis as a book because, to quote my advisor, “the world needs to see this.” – “Meaningful stories thrive wherever they may live.”

Best part about being in the Chartladies crew: The support, the love, the intellectual stimulation, the mentorship, the friendship, the creativity, wit and talent of my fellow Chartladies. These are just a few things. The list goes on. Have I mentioned the wine?


Krista Hoffman, Global Director of Customer Success

The best book I’ve read recently: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson – it’s hilarious and inspiring all in one. I would recommend this to just about anyone.

Favorite female journalist: Nora Ephron. Her writing is so clever and she’s done it all – columnist, humorist, screenwriter, and director. I’ve read all of her books (and obviously seen all of her movies) and I love how she would put it all out there and never apologize for it.

An interesting fact about me: When I was in college, I was desperate to travel the world (but lacked the funds to do so), so I got a job at The Cheesecake Factory and financed trips over the various winter/summer breaks to Australia, New Zealand, Italy, England, France, Spain, Malta, and Egypt. I can still name (most) of the thirty cheesecakes…


Jeiran Jahani, Senior Data Scientist

My favorite moment (so far) of 2017: That Saturday night when Judges Ann Donnelly and Leonie Brinkema iced that executive order which was in effect banning travelers from 7 countries entering the U.S. Superpower women!

Favorite female journalist: Robin Wright because she is smart, well traveled, truthful and thorough and doesn’t give a damn whether people like her reporting or not – and has risen to the top of the ladder despite the fact that many don’t like her!

If I could have one superpower…: Well, humor is a superpower and I have a good bit of that. More never hurts though!

It’s no secret that here at Chartbeat, we’re a little dog-obsessed.

So last week, we teamed up with our friends over at Social Tees Animal Rescue and had them bring in some puppies for us to play with for a few hours. As you can see in the pictures below, we had too much fun… And the best part is, they’re all available for fostering or adoption!


About Social Tees

Social Tees Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit, strictly no-kill 501c3 organization in the East Village of NYC that takes abandoned animals from kill shelters and provides them with safe haven and veterinary care before placing them in proper forever homes. They rescue, rehabilitate, and place over 3,000 dogs, cats, birds, and exotics per year.

Social Tees Animal Rescue relies heavily on benevolent donations from the public, 100 percent of which are used directly to save animals’ lives.


20160614_142142Photo Credit: Burton DeWildePhoto Credit: Burton DeWilde Photo Credit: Burton DeWilde


Check Social Tees out on Instagram and Facebook, and all information about donations can be found on the Social Tees website.

Today, I’m thrilled to finally announce that Betsy Morgan, former CEO of The Huffington Post and most recently CEO of TheBlaze, is joining the Chartbeat Board of Directors.

I say finally because it feels as though Betsy has been advising me and Chartbeat since day one. She’s been an incredible partner, sharing her experience and expertise generously with the Chartbeat team.

In fact, years ago, Betsy contributed a guest post for Chartbeat in which she said something that I think about often:

“Data needs to be used as a conversation starter – a way of getting people to think about things in a different way.”

I think of Betsy as the conversation starter for the media industry. She gets us to think about content, data, and business in a different way. There are few, if any, people in the same league as Betsy in our industry. Her experience is unparalleled.

Betsy led TheBlaze for the last five years, where she grew the site’s audience from five to thirty million uniques a month, while simultaneously building TheBlaze TV’s IP-delivered subscription model, which has since become the industry standard for many celebrity-based content businesses. Prior to leading The Huffington Post, Betsy spent ten years at CBS where she was Senior Vice President for CBS Interactive and the General Manager of

We share Betsy with LearnVest, Goldieblox, Zemanta, TheSkimm, and Sidewire, among others where she’s an advisor and with Colby College and Mentoring USA where she’s on the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board, respectively. As well, she serves on the Media Council of Springboard.

Unsurprisingly, Betsy has been repeatedly listed on Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100,” as well as named one of 27 Business Insider’s “Game Changers” of 2011. In 2012, she was named one of “20 Women to Watch” by Columbia’s Journalism Review.

To say we’ll learn a lot from her is an understatement.

Thanks for coming aboard, Betsy.