Source Project Roundup, Aug 5

Interactive features, data journalism, and best practices

(Wall Street Journal)

Last week, Source was in Portland with SRCCON, OpenNews’ hands-on conference for the journalism/tech world.

We’re brimming with links and resources from the sessions, and we collected some in this Etherpad. Full transcripts and notes for many sessions are also gathered here.

Meanwhile, here’s a roundup of newsroom code and data projects that we especially appreciated, from the last month or so.

Armchair Olympian

(Wall Street Journal, August, 2016)
Fire up your mouse buttons and find out how you score on the fundamentals that make Olympic atheletes great: reaction time and rhythm. No javelin required.

Racial Disparities in Twin Cities Arrests are Widespread

(Star Tribune, July 19, 2016)

…Nearly every Twin Cities metro-area police department exhibits a racial disparity in its arrest rates, according to a Star Tribune analysis of recently released FBI Uniform Crime Reports data for serious crimes.

The 250 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List

(New York Times, July 29, 2016)

Since declaring his candidacy for president last June, Donald Trump has used Twitter to lob insults at presidential candidates, journalists, news organizations, nations, a Neil Young song and even a lectern in the Oval Office. We know this because we’ve read, tagged and quoted them all.


Hillary Clinton’s Democratic National Convention Speech, Annotated

(Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2016)
In an ambitious use of the Genius platform, reporters annotate Hillary Clinton’s speech with context and explainers. Plus: Here’s our recent Source piece on another use of Genius in journalism, from City Bureau.

Presumed Innocent, Found Dead: Tracking Jail Deaths Since Sandra Bland Died

(The Huffington Post, July 13, 2016)
This data project probed for details on more than 800 fatalities in American jails–no easy task, because states track these deaths in many different ways, leaving tons of gaps.


The Changing Face of Phnom Penh

(Phnom Penh Post, July 29, 2016)
In a rapidly developing Southeast Asian city, aerial photos capture the change over time. The city fills in with buildings, roadways and golf courses, while green space and lakes begin to vanish.

Over in Rio, here’s the view from above: the Washington Post’s piece about prepping for the Olympics.

Even More Things

Where is all that crude oil going?

How rich are Hamilton scalpers getting?

U.S. News reporters did this Reddit AMA with , on investigating how rich school districts used federal money.

Foursquare looks at foot traffic on Trump properties. The terrible beauty of war photography. A comparison of the convention speeches, a portrait of light and dark.

Here at OpenNews, our next community call is August 11 at noon ET. We’ll talk to you soon.




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