News Nerd Roundup, Nov 9

Newsroom code and projects that caught our eyes

An investigation unmasks an ailing mental health system.

Here’s a quick look at some cool projects, beautiful interactives, and other wonderful things that we lingered over this month, ICYMI.

Insane. Invisible. In danger.

(Tampa Bay Times/Herald-Tribune, October 29, 2015)
This mammoth investigation slices and compiles data, interviews, video and more, painting an indisputible picture of a mental health system gone very awry. Includes a web documentary as well as footage obtained from closed-circuit cameras inside mental health facilities.


100 years of tax brackets, in one chart

(Vox, October 26, 2015)
Here’s everything you never understood about tax brackets, made simple. Fluid, balletic transitions offset some cold, cold, tax data.

Not quite as easy on the eyes, but still totally interesting: this visualization from the U.S. Census shows how another classification has changed over the decades—race and ethnicity on its forms.


Mayor de Blasio’s Private Advisers: Who Gives the Money and Who Gets It

(New York Times, November 4, 2015)
Follow the flow, and see how vital dollars pour in and out of coffers. In other New York Times news, VR is absolutely happening, and here’s how you can experience it.

Two Billion Miles

(Channel 4, November 2, 2015)
With this user-driven interactive, follow one of the many forking paths that refugees must navigate. Channel 4 news editor Ben de Pear writes:

We have thought long and hard to try and devise a way to properly represent the scale of displaced people and refugees in this current wave of migration, portray the many different routes and the millions of individual journeys, a tiny fraction of which we have been able to film. This interactive pulls all this together in an attempt to make sense of the magnitude of this crisis by following it in their footsteps.


Berlins neue Skyline

(Berliner Morgenpost, November 5, 2015)
Soar and swoop through Berlin with this 3-D visualization showing the ins and outs of a rapidly changing metropolis. (In German).


Were You Or Your Relatives Exposed To Mustard Gas? Search Our Database

(NPR, November 3, 2015)
Secret exposures to mustard gas become highly public, thanks to this NPR database, which makes it easy to search for relatives impacted by military testing.

In other NPR news, its page load time is now far speedier than before…while newspaper load times are eking along.

Diversions and interesting things

A Chrome extension that visualizes how Venmo users are spending their dough. A sound sculpture that makes algorithmic prank calls.

And, on our most recent Community Call, we say cheers to the Toast’s redesign.

Last but certainly not least, we’re thrilled to announce our 2016 Knight-Mozilla Fellows. We can’t wait to follow their journeys.




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