Rosalie Chan data, writing, UX

About Me

Hello! My name is Rosalie, and I am a journalism and computer science student at Northwestern University. I'm especially interested in data storytelling, investigative journalism, reporting on race, product development and UX. My work has been published in TIME, The Chicago Reporter, Narratively, Mochi Magazine, Jiemian News, the China Post, the Taipei Times and E The Magazine For Today's Female Executive.

Currently, I am a student fellow at Northwestern University's Knight Lab, a lab that explores the innovation of journalism and technology and builds a community for students who want to learn more about code. At the lab, I have conducted data analysis on Knight Lab products, as well as product research, iterative design and web development for new Knight Lab tools.

I am also fluent in Mandarin Chinese. I spent last summer in Taiwan conducting research on Hakka youth cultural identity, and I spent last fall in an intensive Chinese language program at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

In my free time, I experiment with photography and code. Other than that, I love cats, books, running, card games, newsletters, podcasts and the city of Chicago. Finally, I am a passionate advocate for diversity in media and tech, and I run a newsletter highlighting long form stories by women of color. You can subscribe here.

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Apps & Design


StoryLineJS is a storytelling line chart tool that I worked on for the Knight Lab. I started working on the development of this tool in spring 2016.

To start off, I conducted research on existing charting tools and stories that use line charts. Next, I worked on sketching and prototyping how the tool would look and work. I created paper prototypes and iteratively tested them. Finally, I worked on a web prototype using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and d3.js.

This project is currently still in the works.


For my Software Project Management and Development class, I worked on eRetirements with a group for a client. Our client requested that we redesign the interface of the questionnaire of eRetirements, a website that recommends to users places to retire.

We designed the interface so that the questionnaire would feel more personalized, as users can rate how important a category is to them when considering where to retire. Furthermore, users can take answer questions in any order they wnt, and they can go back to previous questions, as answers are saved. In order to appeal to middle-aged and elderly users, we worked on implementing an easy-to-use, user-friendly questionnaire.

For this project, we used HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Check it out here.


For my Software Project Management and Development class, I worked on GeoVibes with a group. We came up with the idea for this iOS app ourselves. The idea behind this app is, you can search a place, and this app will tell you where it is and what the "vibe" there currently is by giving you a positivity rating. For example, Disney World always has a really positive vibe.

For this project, we used AppGyver, the Google Maps API, the Twitter API and a sentiment analysis API. The app comes up with a positivity rating based on tweets about the searched location.

Women In Computing Website

Currently, I serve as the public relations co-chair and the webmaster of Women In Computing (WiC), a student group for Northwestern students who identify as a woman and who are interested in computer science. As webmaster, I manage the website, and over the summer, I redesigned it.

In redesigning WiC's website, I used the concepts of material design and parallax design. I also worked on making the website mobile-friendly. I used trianglify.js for the website's background.

If there are issues or design suggestions for the website, please email me.


In February 2016, I attended HackIllinois, a hackathon hosted by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My group created Rude!, an Android app that encourages you to spend quality time with your friends, rather than your phone.

To use this app, when you're with friends, you can switch your phone to "social mode." You earn points for not touching your phone during the time you spend with friends, but if you touch your phone, you lose points, and your phone will give you a sassy message. If you touch your phone three times, an embarassing Facebook status will be posted on your wall.

We used Android Studio to develop this app. Ideally, the points would be used to redeem coupons and offers at local businesses.


When I served as Interactive Editor of North by Northwestern, I led a small team in the development of "Submerged," a multimedia project that showed photography and footage of Northwestern's aquatic sports. North by Northwestern obtained an underwater GoPro for this project, which was made possible by the Crepe Bistro Memorial Fund founded by North by Northwestern alumni.

Check out the story here.

Graduated and Homeless

When I served as Interactive Editor of North by Northwestern, I led the development of "Graduated and Homeless," a multimedia story about a homeless Northwestern alumnus.

The story is told using photos, audio recordings and an NPR visuals template, which is open-sourced. After this story's publication, it became a huge hit and was shared by many Northwestern students and staff on social media.

Check out the story here.

North by Northwestern Magazine

In spring 2015, I worked as a digital producer for North by Northwestern's quarterly magazine. In developing the presentation of these stories, we used HTML, CSS, JavaScript and a Ruby template generator. Below are the links to stories I designed and developed.

The Long Road to March Madness

A Long-Distance Harmony

Show Me Your Jugs

Divided Discourse

Mad Libs Northwestern Edition

During the quarter I served as Interactive Editor of North by Northwestern, the Interactive section started a weekly Northwestern-themed mad libs. I taught my staffers how to code in HTML, CSS and JavaScript to generate mad libs games and stories.

Check out one example here.

Wiki Studio

In spring 2015, I took a course called Innovation in Journalism and Technology. I developed Wiki Studio with three other students. Wiki Studio is a video crowdsourcing website that allows people to upload video clips to a movie that has many contributors, similar to Star Wars Uncut.

In creating this app, we sketched and created paper prototypes, and we iteratively designed the prototype based on user tests. We developed this app using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Ruby on Rails. You can read more about Wiki Studio in my Medium post.

Mochi's 25 Hottest Asian American Men Worth Watching

From January 2015 to April 2016, I served as the Web Editor of Mochi Magazine, an online magazine for young Asian American women. As Web Editor, I created interactive stories.

In Mochi's Summer 2015, Mochi put together a feature on the 25 hottest Asian American men worth watching. These included musicians, designers, models, athletes, politicians, actors and entrepreneurs.

I used HTML, CSS and JavaScript to develop this project. Check out the story here.



When I interned at TIME in summer 2016, I wrote over 100 breaking news stories. In addition, I pitched and wrote feature stories (including a long-form feature on women of color entrepreneurs) and worked on data-driven stories for TIME Labs (including d3.js infographics). Below are some of the stories I worked on.

Why More Women of Color Than Ever Are Starting Their Own Businesses

What Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles Mean Beyond the Olympics

How a Group of Asian-Americans Is Spreading Support for Black Lives Matter

Thousands of New Yorkers Protest Police Shootings of Black Men

New Yorkers Mourn Orlando Shooting Victims: 'They Could've Been Us'

8 Dead in Munich Shooting

Minnesota Governor Asks Justice Department to Investigate Philando Castile's Death

Why Did They Die?

These 10 Things Are Deadlier Than Sharks

Hakka Youth Cultural Identity Research

In summer 2015, I received an undergraduate research grant to travel to Taiwan and report on Hakka youth cultural identity. The Hakka language and culture is currently disappearing, and I interviewed dozens of youth on their views, as well as professors and government officials, about this issue.

Following that summer, I pitched and wrote features for Narratively, the Taipei Times and the China Post. My story in Narratively was also translated to Chinese and aggregated by Jiemian News, a Shanghai publication.

In June 2016, I presented my research at Northwestern's 2016 Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition. You can read more about it here.

Below are my stories that were published.

How To Save An Ancient Language Before It Disappears Forever

Demographic shift spells language decline

Youth find ways to reclaim Hakka identity

The Chicago Reporter

The summer after my freshman year, I interned at The Chicago Reporter, a publication focusing on race and poverty in Chicago. I covered housing issues at City Council and regularly wrote Q&A profiles about activists and grassroots leaders in Chicago. I also wrote features and breaking news, and I assisted reporter Angela Caputo in analyzing data for her investigation on park funding. Below are some stories I wrote.

Internet reforms could limit low-income consumers to 'slow lane'

On display: A funky, fun side of the Civil Rights Movement

Moratorium on SRO conversion while long-term solution is crafted

TCR Talks: The economics of black power

TCR Talks: Challenging stereotypes about Asian Americans

Less time, less crime? According to one study, yes

Illinois eliminates criminal-history question from job applications

Illinois voters have say on minimum wage in November

North by Northwestern

I have been part of Northwestern's online campus magazine all throughout college. I've served as various positions on the online, print and corporate staff. Currently, I serve as a Senior Section Editor for the print magazine. Below are some of the stories I've written.

Technical Difficulties

Gravitational waves, explained

Sodexo workers allege mistreatment, demand longer hours in negotiations

Next Steps: The Future of Asian American Studies at Northwestern

Seeking Faith

Why I Listen

Intersectionality sheds new light on sexual assault

Food trucks come to lakefill for Dillo Day distraction

When gay men can't donate


Medill Justice Project

In spring 2016, I investigated a quadruple murder case in Florida with nine other students. We were looking into the potential wrongful conviction of Tommy Ziegler, who was sentenced to death in 1976 for killing four people in his furniture store on Christmas Eve. We interviewed witnesses, lawyers and experts, obtained and analyzed court and medical records and traveled to Florida to report. Read our investigation here.

E The Magazine for Today's Female Executive

Women In Computing Take On Summer Internships and Learn New Skills

Mochi Magazine

Meet Lindy Li, America's Youngest Ever Congressional Candidate

A Life of Risk: How Foreign Correspondent Amna Nawaz Became a Champion for Asian American Issues

NU Asian

School of Faith


Hakka Youth Cultural Identity in Taiwan

In June 2016, I presented at Northwestern's 2016 Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition. I spoke about the research I conducted in Taiwan in summer 2015, where I interviewed dozens of youth and other people about the declining Hakka language and culture. In this presentation, I explained the history of the Hakkas in Taiwan and the generation gap between the Hakka elderly and youth on Hakka language ability.

I also presented three case studies of people I interviewed: a recent college graduate who actively promotes the Hakka language on social media, a radio DJ who learned the Hakka language after college and now runs a Hakka language program, and a 90-year-old Hakka man who grew up during the Japanese occupation and wrote a Hakka dictionary after retiring from a long career in education.

You can view the presentation here.

3D Graphics in Journalism

In Winter 2015, I took a course about computer graphics, where we created animated graphics using WebGL and OpenGL and explored three-dimensional shapes, movement, lighting and texture. Based on the skills I learned in the course, I did research on how animated graphics are used in journalism and presented this talk at the Knight Lab's Open Lab, where students can gather to work on projects and learn to code.

In this talk, I showed examples of how animated graphics are used in journalism and WebGL projects. I also explained how students can get started in learning how to create graphics by using canvas and HTML5.

You can view the presentation here.

Ways to Think About the Internet of Things

In spring 2016, I attended "Hack the Gender Gap: A Women's IoT Makeathon" at West Virginia University, along with two other Northwestern students. At this Makeathon, which is hosted by MediaShift, we were presented with a challenge to come up with an idea for an Internet of Things product and design a business plan.

After returning from the Makeathon, we presented what we learned at Knight Lab's Open Lab. We explained what the definition of the Internet of Things and talked about the projects we came up with.

You can view the presentation here.

5 Things I Learned From Starting a Newsletter

In February 2016, I created a newsletter that highlights long reads and multimedia work by women of color. I wanted to start a newsletter because 2016 has been named "the year of the newsletter," but more importantly, because the media industry lacks diversity, and women of color have fewer opportunities to take senior positions in the newsroom and write long-form features. Because of this, I wanted to highlight the great work women of color are doing in the media industry.

At the Knight Lab's Open Lab, I gave this presentation on what I learned from starting a newsletter, For me, the biggest challenge is growth. Currently, I promote my newsletter on four different social media channels.

You can subscribe to my newsletterhere and view the presentation here.


In winter 2016, I took a course on human-computer interaction, where we had to prototype, user test and design an app that would increase civic engagement. My group came up with Foodo, an app that allows users to track their eating and grocery shopping habits and reduce food waste by figuring out how much food they should actually buy. Furthermore, the user would have the option to donate the money they saved to an organization that addresses world hunger.

In order to design this website, we had to brainstorm ideas, interview and observe people on their grocery shopping and eating habits, come up with representative tasks and create paper and web protoypes for this app. Ideally, this app could target people of all ages who grocery shop for themselves or their families.

You can view the presentation and web prototype here.