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Stephen Rynkiewicz
Digital news editor
My Role

I produce the chicagotribune.com sections and databases on real estate, cars and jobs.
My Biography

Consumer and technology topics have been my specialty in 15 years as a Chicago Tribune editor, web producer, analyst and developer. Previously I was real estate editor and business reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and helped lead the Society of Professional Journalists as national secretary-treasurer. I've also reported for Chicago suburban and community newspapers and taught journalism at Columbia College Chicago.
My Interests

East Village Association blogger, weekend remodeler and fan of jazz, theater, White Sox and other fine arts.
My Recent Articles

Mentors inspect, adapt Agile approach 1/25/2015
"The Agile Mentor," a workshop PMI Chicagoland Chapter members to the idea of using work teams as an opportunity for mentoring and growth. The continuing-education session at DePaul University was part of a long-running chapter program to match project managers with students of the discipline. In this case, professionals adopted a scrum team's self-organizing principles to “lead without the title” and look for mentors in their own practice. "The concept was to get people involved wit...

A measured approach to youth programs 1/16/2015
Once the program's over, leaders ask: What just happened? Project managers call it monitoring and control. We gather data to measure progress toward our goals. Nonprofit funders may require it. When children are research subjects, sponsors may set ground rules . In any case, youth program leaders admit the challenges of collecting and presenting the data. At the Hive Chicago Buzz hackathon, members of a data working group dubbed the Think Tank pledged to create a self-evaluation ...

Facebook reflects on year in review 1/1/2015
Facebook thought you'd celebrate the new year. Now it knows better. It's apologized for upsetting users with its "year in review" feature. Members got a collection of photos in which they were tagged, plus more from their timeline. They were prompted to share the gallery, a popup page with New Year's themes.  But not everyone had a great year. A product manager apologized to web designer Eric Meyer, whose gallery featured his daughter. She'd died of brain cancer, on her 6th birthd...

Top 10 business stories of 2014 12/30/2014
The big business news of 2014 will be felt far into the new year. As a radio producer I wrap up 12 months in 2 minutes . Here, the year's a photo gallery. On social media, expect more animals . The workforce grows, slowly. Recovery stealth. The U.S. recovered from a punishing winter to outpace the world economy, entering the fourth quarter at a 5 percent growth clip. Unemployment 's fallen from 7 percent to 5.8 percent in a year's time, hitting the benchmark Mitt Romney pledged t...

Hackers, nonprofit workers bridge a digital divide at the Chicago School of Data 9/24/2014
Civic hackers plan next steps at the Chicago School of Data conference. "If you look around the room," says programmer Neil Rest, "it’s pretty clear which are the hackers and which are the nonprofits and which are the suits. There needs to be more communication." We're in the main hall of Willis Tower's Graham Center, where the Smart Chicago Collaborative has convened about 250 people " using data to improve the lives of regular residents." Rest and I are on the hacker periphery: He'...