Published weekly and read by nearly half a million college administrators and faculty members around the globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education covers the academic world in depth. It's clear, concise and timely, as is The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which applies the same high standards of journalistic quality to the coverage of issues affecting non–profit organizations and foundations worldwide.
Keeping that news timely, both in print and through the papers' web editions, is a real challenge. And Matthew Bassow is up to it.
He's the database manager for both papers — but that wasn't always so. Back in 1999, Matthew was working in the Art department, helping to prepare data presentations for publication. "We needed a better way of handling 'fact files,' which are collections of data we use as the basis for stories," he recalls. "At that time, we'd get the data from a news source, and we'd basically have to handle it as text. We'd run it into Quark, and set it up there, and then use the Quark file for publication in print or on our website. The results were very static — once we had our Quark file, that was it. We couldn't easily update it or adjust it, and when it came time to do the same sort of story next year, we'd have to start from scratch. It was a very inefficient process, and we began to realize that we really needed a database."