Ben Keith

I'm a journalist and self-taught web developer. I like learning new things and automating as much as I can.


Intern at Progressive Publishing, fall 2014
  • Wrote social media guide for emedia team
  • Wrote web interactives guide and instructions, and created demos for Google and Knight Lab products
  • Assisted in migration of Progressive Cattleman website to Joomla 3, including hand editing of posts and development of sed-based scripts to speed manual cleaning
  • Wrote news stubs for Progressive Publishing web properties and interviewed dairy producers for feature articles in the Progressive Dairyman magazine
Apprentice New Apps Developer at Investigative News Network, summer 2014 Associate Webmaster at The Lantern, 2013-2014
  • Provided continuing maintenance and support for The Lantern's website
Web Development Intern at Media Network of Central Ohio, summer 2013
  • Designed and developed an email newsletter template for The Lantern's weekly email blasts
  • Designed and wrote an HTML/JS webapp to assist editors with the email blast template
  • Coordinated and assisted with deployment of The Lantern's new WordPress-based site,
Editor of The AgriNaturalist, 2013
  • Worked with a small staff to write, edit and design the 2013 edition
  • Sold ads to raise money for printing the magazine
Student reporter and copy editor at The Lantern, 2012
  • Covered breaking news on campus and arts and entertainment in the university district of Columbus, Ohio
  • Pioneered use of Knight Lab's Timeline JS for ongoing coverage at The Lantern
Technology intern at Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, 2011
  • Set up new WordPress installation for, created and edited content for same (site taken down summer 2014)
  • Troubleshot and repaired computers in office, including recovering data from a dead computer
  • Answered phones, took messages, fed animals


  • HTML, CSS, SCSS, JavaScript and PHP
  • Proven interview and reporting capabilities
  • Able and willing to learn new technologies

Current dev stack:


  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the Ohio State University
    Agricultural communications major, plant pathology minor
  • Classes and self-education in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP