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  1. Meet Column Setter

    By Rob Weychert

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    A tool that enables rapid prototyping with squeaky-clean code—today we’re making it open source.

  2. Event Roundup, January 22

    By Erika Owens

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    Apply for travel support for journalism-tech events, plus a bunch of meetups this week.

  3. Democracy Depends on How We Archive and Share Data

    By Mar Cabra

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    What we do with data and documents after our reporting is done has a significant effect on the health of our democracies, says Mar Cabra, former head of the ICIJ Data & Research Unit.

  4. How We Made Our School Segregation Interactive

    By Alvin Chang and Erin Kissane

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    We really appreciated Vox’s recent illustrated interactive on school segregation and gerrymandering—particularly because its creator, Alvin Chang, worked alongside Tomas Monarrez, a UC Berkeley economics PhD candidate.

  5. Things You Made, Jan 10

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our regular biweekly roundup of noteworthy projects—the first of 2018.

  6. Event Roundup, January 8

    By Erika Owens

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    Apply for a fellowship to NICAR or to be a mentor or mentee, plus meetups are getting moving in the new year.

  7. At the End of 2017

    By Erin Kissane

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    Very subjectively, it was an astonishing year in data and interactive journalism. Every week, we found ourselves both horrified by the subject matter and thrilled to see our community producing so much good work, and doing so with open kindness and generosity.

  8. Do You Want This Life?

    By David Rodriguez

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    This was my first time using public data, and I remember thinking it was going to be so easy. The data was right there, in a good format, in public, just waiting to be analyzed. And at the data bootcamp, I had picked up some data-cleaning skills, so I figured fixing any errors would be no sweat.

  9. Things You Made, Dec 19

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our regular biweekly roundup of noteworthy projects.

  10. Want More Reach? Stop Sidelining Accessibility

    By Adnan Aamir and Joanna S. Kao

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    The many reasons that accessibility can’t be overlooked.

  11. Black Box Be Gone: Tools for Human-Optimized Data Analysis

    By Hannah Cushman

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    Choosing the right tools for literate data analysis can make it much easier on your team. Here’s a few suggestions, from the team at DataMade.

  12. Event Roundup, December 11

    By Erika Owens

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    Slow time of year for events, but busy for pitching sessions and fellowship applications.

  13. The Work We Do Tells Amazing People That They Do Not Belong

    By Sydette Harry and Erin Kissane

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    With SRCCON:WORK just getting underway, here’s our Q&A with our opening speaker, Sydette Harry of the Coral Project and the Mozilla Foundation. Sydette spoke this morning about journalism’s inclination to skip the critical questions about diversity and representation.

  14. Mental Health Strategies for the Non-Invincible Newsroom

    By Erin Brown and Erin Kissane

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    SRCCON:WORK is coming up fast. In the run-up to the event, we’re publishing short interviews with the nine people selected to give talks to frame the participatory sections at the heart of the conference.

  15. Event Roundup, December 4

    By Erika Owens

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    It’s SRCCON:WORK this week, plus today’s the JSK fellowship deadline.

  16. Building Collaboration Without Surveillance

    By Mandy Brown and Erin Kissane

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    SRCCON:WORK is coming up fast. In the run-up to the event, we’re publishing short interviews with the nine people selected to give talks to frame the participatory sections at the heart of the conference. Here’s our Q&A; with Mandy Brown.

  17. Shields Up: In the Face of Supply Chain Attacks, Stay the Course

    By Martin Shelton

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    Everything you need to know about supply chain attacks, a kind of security breach that targets trusted distribution channels for delivering software and hardware.

  18. Changing Newsrooms from the Ground Up and the Top Down

    By Erin Kissane and Jessica Morrison

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    SRCCON:WORK is coming up fast. In the run-up to the event, we’re publishing short interviews with the nine people selected to give talks to frame the participatory sections at the heart of the conference.

  19. How We Built the Data Team Behind the Panama Papers

    By Mar Cabra

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    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has been producing global investigations for more than 20 years, but it was only three and a half years ago that ICIJ created an in-house data team. Mar Cabra, who was head of the Data & Research Unit from its creation until September this year, recalls how it all started, the iterations on the software based on the reporting needs and the lessons learned along the way.

  20. How We Made “The Year in Push Alerts”

    By Holly Allen, Laura Bennett, and Andrew Kahn

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    A few weeks ago, Slate published a year-in-push-alerts feature that captured much of the sense of escalating anxiety and unreality produced by the last year in breaking news.

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