Joey Coleman


Hamiltonian, Open Data Advocate, Journalist, Engaged Citizen

The Amazing Commencement Name Reader

Featured today in Inside Higher Ed is a fun little story and YouTube video of Hamilton College Dean of Faculty Pat Reynolds reading names during commencement. From the article: Its dean of the faculty, Pat Reynolds, has been timed, and he reads the names of the nearly 500 graduates faster than any of his predecessors in the last 25 years. Hamilton … Read More


Prestigious and Other Overused Words

Public trust in journalism is beyond broken, it is basically non-existent. To be effective, journalism must secure the trust of a super-majority of the public, a bare majority is not enough. Which brings me to one of the reasons I don’t trust journalism, the overuse of adjectives such as prestigious, controversial, dramatic, and such. Baltimore Sun editor John E. McIntrye … Read More


On Cycling Lanes Beside The Light Rail Transit B-Line in Hamilton, I Need to Be Convinced

I need to be convinced that a dedicated cycling lane is required as part of the redesigned Main and King Streets as part of the construction of the Light Rail Transit B-Line.


Changing it up: Speaking at moMonday’s Hamilton on (you guessed it) Monday

I think you’ll enjoy me sharing my entertaining story – which you think was from a sitcom – of the hilarious date I went on in 2004 which started when I she invited me to the races with her parents. I thought car races, it was horse racing and, yeah, it didn’t get better from there. In a bit of … Read More


Microbrewers and Micropubs, George Orwell, and the 21st Century

The foundations of 21st century community in Hamilton is emerging in micropubs and independent coffee shops. George Orwell would approve.


How I Voted: The Federal Election

I’m revealing how I voted in the 2015 Federal Election in the interest of transparency in my journalism. This is not an endorsement, merely a disclosure which is done in an abundance of openness.


Update: What’s Happening with Joey Coleman?

The outpouring of support since suspending The Public Record is overwhelming and one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I started to write a post that evening thanking you for your support and outlining my thoughts on what is next for me.


So I Didn’t Succeed, But I Sure Had Fun and Learned a Lot

“At this time, I feel the bitter taste of failure. But I’m mindful that I’ve failed before, and I hope to have the opportunity to fail again. Failure can only occur when one tries to succeed.” So I had to suspend operations of The Public Record today. It wasn’t easy and you can read my full editors note about why … Read More


Ontario’s Open Data Directive: Great Draft, Good Direction

I attended the GO Open Data conference Friday, the annual provincial open data conference which brings together hundreds of open data stakeholders for a day of talks, workshops, and planning. Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board Deb Matthews kicked off the day with the morning keynote. To coincide with her speech, the provincial government unveiled it’s draft Open … Read More


Why does the 4-Bayfront Still Use MacNab When James Became Two-Way Years Ago?

I was on the 4-Bayfront the other day and I realized the routing along MacNab Street makes absolutely no sense, and is a legacy of the time – over 10 years ago – when James Street was a one-way southbound street. The 4-Bayfront departs downtown from James Street travelling southbound, takes Hunter to Bay (prior to the bus terminal, it … Read More