The team behind the Book Concierge talks about their design work, implementation details, and team dynamics.
“Behind the Bloodshed: The Untold Story of America’s Mass Killings,” is a collaboration between the database team at USA Today and Gannett Digital’s interactive applications and design teams. We chatted with Anthony DeBarros of Gannett Digital, with input from colleagues Juan Thomassie and Destin Frasier, on how the project came together.
Shane Shifflett on the fine art of news judgment and why it’s as important for data journalists as ace coding skills.
Back in April of this year, NPR’s Planet Money began a Kickstarter campaign to learn about and report on global supply chains by making a t-shirt and telling the story of its creation from start to finish. The new Visuals team at NPR collaborated on the project’s web manifestation, which went live last night, but the source code is already on GitHub, and we spoke with team lead Brian Boyer about the collaboration.
Knight-Mozilla Fellows Sonya Song and Marcos Vanetta will present at events this week and civic hackathons around the world this weekend.
The Guardian’s Gabriel Dance and Feilding Cage break down their process, from storyboards and video production to major design changes and development challenges.
This week, Zurich launches a Hacks/Hackers chapter and Knight-Mozilla Fellow Annabel Church speaks at Hacks/Hackers London.
Al Jazeera America’s Joanna S. Kao on annotating and visualizing the Adobe database hack.
At the Los Angeles Times, a design-editorial-programming team has resurrected the spirit of the beloved, out-of-print California Cookbook as a new website collecting hundreds of recipes from the Times Test Kitchen. In our Q&A, the project’s editor, designer, and lead programmer share their goals and challenges, and offer a peek at the site’s building blocks and planned future.
Freedom of the Press Foundation executive director Trevor Timm discusses SecureDrop’s evolution and future prospects.
2013 OpenNews fellow Brian Abelson has been conducting research on pageviews as a metric, and on the relationship between pageviews and promotion at the New York Times during his fellowship there. This article is cross-posted from his blog.
Jacob Harris on the hows and whys of designing interactives to survive the future.
Alyson Hurt digs into the challenges of producing legible, useful network diagrams using evolving web technologies and methods.
Al Jazeera America’s Michael Keller introduces the three new open source libraries behind AJA’s displaced Syrians interactive app.
Lobbying Missouri is a collaboration between St. Louis Public Radio and members of NPR’s news apps teams. We spoke with three team members about the project, their design process, and the code under the hood.
A light round of elections were held this week in the US, giving news developers an opportunity to outdo their usual coverage. We’ve rounded up a few highlights.
Jacob Harris on the challenges of reporting and calling elections and the making of the NYT’s chart of minute-by-minute Virginia governor’s race reporting action.
Yesterday, NPR announced that news apps team leader Brian Boyer was assuming a new role as head of the combined news apps/multimedia superteam. Boyer offers the unusual experience of having built out two news apps teams within five years, first at the Chicago Tribune and then at NPR. We spoke with him about his new gig, his path from computer science to journalism, his focus on sound process, and the internal obstacles new teams can face.
This week, Boston hosts a data festival and Complicity in Berlin brings hackers and journalists together to discuss collaboration.