Source Project Roundup, Sept 2

Interactive features, data journalism, and best practices

(Texas Tribune)

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been browsing lately: Texas unholstered, an Instagram narrative, the richest data in New Jersey, and more.


(Texas Tribune, August 30, 2016)
A huge, comprehensive reporting project distilled into elegant visuals. Includes data ready for download.

The Texas Tribune’s Unholstered project presents the results of a nearly yearlong investigation into when and why officers used lethal force in Texas, examining shootings that occurred between 2010 and 2015.


(Reveal, August 25, 2016)
Chapter by chapter, a graphic narrative about American criminal justice unfolds on Instagram.

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Median Income Is Down, But Public College Tuition Is Way Up

(ProPublica, August 25, 2016)

Public colleges play a special role in making higher education affordable, but in recent years, soaring tuition is pushing that dream out of reach. From 2000 to 2014, the average cost of in-state tuition and fees for public colleges in America rose 80 percent. During that same time period, the median American household income dropped by 7 percent.

A Visual History of Which Countries Have Dominated the Summer Olympics

(New York Times, August 22, 2016)
The rise and fall of the medal count mirrors the rise and fall of nations, along with how the Olympic games have grown.

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The $1M Club

(NJ Advance Media, August, 2016)
A simple slideshow format, with lots of data to spark debate about property values in New Jersey.

Even More

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Wireless routers as radiotropic art. Loving Maps like it loves you. Landsat images on your iPhone.

How Tiff Fehr outsmarted the Hamilton scalpers. Chatbots that work for justice. A primer on databases that starts at square zero.

GitHub, all in the details.

Oh, and a beautiful new website for our friends at Coral.

Here at OpenNews, we’re gearing up for our next Community Call on September 8. Dial in, won’t you?




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