News Nerd Roundup, Sept 28

Newsroom code and projects that caught our eyes

Finding the cracks in the cathedral. (NY Times)

Here’s another ICYMI roundup: an inspiring handful of recent cool stuff that deserves another look.

A Gift to New York, in Time for the Pope

New York Times (September 17, 2015)
Pope Francis’s visit overtook some U.S. cities last week, but well before that, work crews descended upon St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The New York Times juxtaposes sublime line drawings with dramatic photography to bring us right into the renovation.

Who gets pulled over in your town?

Hartford Courant (September 22, 2015)
The Hartford Courant lays out a huge amount of data on traffic stops, to see if racial disparities have increased or decreased since last year. Users can search for their areas and sift through stats on who’s getting pulled over.

For visceral, first-person stories on this topic, or to contribute your own, head to When I Was Pulled Over, a Tumblr-powered project of Wesley Lowery and Alex Laughlin at The Washington Post.

Follow the flow of Syrian civilians from the Middle East to Western Europe

Quartz (September 10, 2015)
With a few clicks, the desperate chronology of Syrians unfolds in an instant, and the crisis spreads like a blood stain.

The New York Times puts the crisis under a microscope, marking each death with a single dot, a pointillistic depiction of mass pain.

Fat Cats vs. Regular Joes

Chicago Magazine (September 11, 2015)
Plug in the numbers and brace yourself. The “fat-cat calculator” shows just how many lifetimes you’ll need to earn the same as the CEOs. With speedy load times and just-hit-enter interface, it compels users to try multiple permutations, at least until the weeping sets in.

#GOPdebate in quotes

Los Angeles Times (September 16, 2015)
Twitter social cards extract plum quotes from the GOP hopefuls, alongside illustrations from cartoonist David Horsey. Images are collected in a Facebook gallery, for maximum head-scratching and sharing.

This American Life Hackathon

(September 19+20, 2015)
Audio lovers spent a weekend making new digital tools for a woefully under-tooled trade. Check out their labors and find ways to jump in via GitHub.

Also noteworthy

Here’s the infographic as protest—tangible and held by many hands, in downtown Chicago.

Plus: How do you welcome new hires? And this is what the past sounds like.

And finally: our hugest of congrats to all winners of last weekend’s 2015 ONA awards.




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