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Launched from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism


New York City.

Funded in part by an Online News Association-administered
Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant.

The Team

Sandeep Junnarkar


Sandeep Junnarkar is Director of Interactive Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former NY bureau chief of CNET Junnarkar also helped to create the online editions of The New York Times when the paper first published

Jere Hester


Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects, and Director of Reporting and Writing at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He joined the J-School in 2006 to launch the NYCity News Service after serving as city editor of the NY Daily News, where he started as a reporter.

TC McCarthy


TC McCarthy is the News Applications Editor for Newsday where he produces interactives, data visualizations and other forms of digital storytelling. He is also an adjunct professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught since 2015.

Matt Cassella


Matt Cassella is the Interaction Design Manager at Newsday Media Group where he oversees and produces the user experience for, He is also the Creative Director at Vectorloft LTD, where he assists clients with their creative and ux design needs.


Q. What technology is PathChartr built on?

A. PathChartr is built on a custom framework based on ExpressJS. Individual paths are stored in load-balanced mongoDB instances and account information is stored in load-balanced MySQL instances. The application itself currently spans four application servers and every aspect is horizontally scalable. There is plenty of redundancy and resources for consistent performance.

Q. How secure is my PathChartr account information?

A. All connections to the site are encrypted and passwords are hashed using BCrypt. Facebook logins are facilitated client-side so your Facebook data is never even stored by PathChartr. Anything else you put into PathChartr is public facing so securing that info is irrelevant. Your account and access to your account is secured.

Q. Why is PathChartr free and will it remain free?

A. The basic edition of PathChartr will remain free for the foreseeable future, though it’s possible we’ll charge for enhanced versions down the line and will offer fee-based consulting services on constructing PathChartr stories.

Q. Who created PathChartr?

A. PathChartr is the brainchild of Sandeep Junnarkar, the director of the Interactive Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Jere Hester, the J-School’s News Director. The development team includes TC McCarthy and Matt Cassella.

Q. Who’s backing PathChartr?

A. PathChartr was built out of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and funded in part by a Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant – a partnership of the Online News Association, the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund.