Jerome Paulos



I’m a developer, photojournalist, and computer wizard (thanks Grandma!) from Berkeley, California. I’m currently majoring in (undeclared) at Macalester, where I founded Summit Magazine.

This summer, I was a software engineering intern at The Markup, a digital publication that covers the effects of technology and Big Tech on government, business, and civil society. I wrote a blog post about my experience.

In the summers of 2020 and 2022, I was a news platforms intern for Berkeleyside where I helped migrate content and templates to Newspack. It was interesting to see how an already modern, digital-only newsroom handled the sudden shift to working from home and the never ending stream of coronavirus news.

In 2021, I was a data science intern at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation where I was trained in HIPAA compliance and helped visualize hepatitis C patient pathways. I learned the importance of gaining and maintaining people’s trust, as well as the power that clear visualization can bring to help everyone understand large amounts of raw data.

My mantra when it comes to how I use my spare time is: Make things better by making better things.

Every day, students grapple with dozens of confusing web portals, emails, Instagram accounts, calendars, and posters. I created 75grand, a work-in-progress student portal for Macalester College, as a central dashboard for the school.

I maintain War Room, a social to-do list app that encourages celebration and accountability, with my friend. It's used by more than 200 college students.

When roommate announcements were delayed by a software bug, I created a tool to match roommates that ended up crowdsourcing matches for about 30% of the class. People still come up to me because they remember my face from the email that connected them to their roommate.

My high school released 5,000+ photos from graduation with no way to filter them. I created a facial-recognition tool to search them with your face.

High school graduation was impacted by COVID-19 in three years in a row, so I created interactive message boards to foster community, where hundreds of families shared photos, congratulations, and memories.

I rewrote my photography portfolio as a tiny site that generates itself based on image metadata and Markdown files.

At the beginning of the 2021–2022 school year, I scraped the Berkeley Unified School District COVID-19 dashboard every day for the entire 2021-2022 school year and created these neat graphs (updated after graduation by my protégé). Previously, I did something similar in 2020 with multiple city, county, and Bay Area data sources and made a cool map.

A group of high school seniors Seniors of the Jacket Editorial Board

I redesigned the website of my high school newspaper, the Berkeley High Jacket five times, each one a better iteration of the last, because I wanted to make our student perspectives easily accessible to people all around the world. Now, most of our 150,000 annual visitors are from outside the Bay Area.

I’m also to blame for my dad’s personal website, the Climate Equity Action Fund’s website and logo, and the Jacket’s branding and slogan, “The Voice of the Students.”