Trina Chiasson

Trina Chiasson

2013-2014 Reynolds Fellow

  Residential fellow
  Reynolds Journalism Institute
  Chicago, Illinois


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About Trina Chiasson

Trina Chiasson is a senior product manager for Tableau Software. Prior to that, she was the co-founder and CEO of Infoactive, which was acquired by Tableau in 2015. 

Trina Chiasson’s work in media has taken her from her home in Maine to Washington, D.C., Hawaii and Chicago. During her fellowship, her work took her to Missouri. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Chiasson has since formed a career in media.

She was the executive director of Media Make Change, a social change organization she launched with a colleague that produced events like Project Haiti Speaks to give a voice to earthquake survivors. These experiences left her with the goal to find a way for organizations to engage with readers, changing them from passive observers of information to active participants.

Chiasson realized that this wasn’t just an issue limited to nonprofit organizations, but one that could be adapted for all forms of media.

In 2012 Chiasson set up Infoactive, a company that is designing software to translate data to interactive graphics. Infoactive’s software will be a web-based program allowing professionals without experience in graphic design to create impressive graphics for online storytelling.

In her spare time Chiasson loves to read and work with programming computers. She is a passionate cyclist, and has ridden more than 4,000 miles from Maine to Oregon to raise money for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

Chiasson enjoys raising garden vegetables and has grown tomatoes, watermelons, strawberries, basil, peppers, peas, and lettuce on her porch at her home in Chicago.

Trina Chiasson was a co-founder of Infoactive, a company that designed software to translate data to interactive graphics. She was a 2013-2014 RJI Fellow.

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Bringing robust visualizations to online journalism

While at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, Trina Chiasson coordinated and executed a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring Infoactive (a Web-based platform that helps people make interactive infographics with live data) to public beta. The campaign raised more than $55,000 — 450 percent above the original goal — garnering support from nearly 1,500 backers around the world.

During her fellowship, she also ideated and executed "Data + Design," an open source e-book with more than 50 volunteer contributors from 14 different countries. The project kicked off in February 2014 with a Write-A-Thon in Chicago; the book was released August 18, 2014.

Throughout her fellowship, Chiasson spoke regularly at industry events and conferences, including the Society for News Design, the Mobile-First Symposium at RJI, and the Do Good Data conference.

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