Projects walkthroughs, tool teardowns, interviews, and more.
How We Made “The Water Drain”
By Lindsay Muscato and Cecilia ReyesPosted on
To piece together the bigger picture of water usage and how much people pay, the Tribune team used a variety of data sources, including their own survey. They found wide disparities in what residents were paying for water, with the poorest communities paying the most.
How (And Why) We Built A World Series Simulator
By Chris HaganPosted on
We created a tool that allowed users to peek under the hood of the MLB playoffs by simulating the postseason as many times as they wanted, which we hope taught even baseball fans something new about their sport.
How the Guardian Made RioRunPosted on
RioRun is an “interactive podcast” that takes you on a guided tour of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic marathon course—all 26.2 miles of it—as you run. Here’s how we made it.
A 3D Walkthrough for Breaking NewsPosted on
We knew we wanted to tell the story in a way that was more concrete than just words on a page. We decided to create a 3D graphic that would tell the story of that night’s events.
Guri VR: Virtual Reality for the Rest of Us
By Dan ZajdbandPosted on
Here are three tools for making VR in the open web, whether or not you’re a developer.
Feats Thru Sheets: The Wonders of Go-To TemplatesPosted on
When you’re part of a tiny digital team, you find ways to make life easier for everyone in the newsroom. That’s why I created Feats Thru Sheets, an interactive, filterable, searchable database that can be reskinned for different types of stories and updated solely by reporters.
How We Made “Make it Stop”Posted on
The Boston Globe’s newsroom development team built “Make it Stop,” a powerful editorial statement on gun control after the Orlando shootings, in just 13 hours. Here’s how they did it — and the tools and workflows they made well in advance to enable (extremely) rapid development.
How We Made the 3D Tour de France Interactive
By Andrew MasonPosted on
Our Tour de France 3D interactive brought users right into one of the steepest, toughest, most iconic stages of the race, using WebGL.
Introducing Tik Tok: Beautiful Timelines, the Easy Way
Tik Tok creates elegant vertical timelines by pulling from a variety of data sources. It’s designed for newsroom coders of all levels. If you can copy and paste, you’re on your way.
Building on Data Viz for All
By Julia SmithPosted on
Helping newsrooms improve interactive graphics and data visualizations by making them more accessible to all users.
Tracking a Record Run Throughout the Season
By John Hancock and Erika OwensPosted on
At the beginning of the season, it looked like Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray might break a record this season. John Hancock explains the interactive the Dallas Morning News put together to track Murray’s progress.
From the BBC News Labs: Datastringer
By Basile SimonPosted on
Basile Simon walks through the process of building a new tool that aims to help reporters cover beats, and that was prompted by work by Knight-Mozilla Fellows and a presentation at Hacks/Hackers London.
Forking Popcorn for a Journalist Audience
By Joe Flowers, Adam Martin, Erika Owens, and Brian WilliamsonPosted on
At the Mozilla Festival last fall, a team from the Broadcasting Board of Governors launched KettleCorn, their fork of the Mozilla video-editing tool Popcorn.
Mapping Made Simple, Now with Bonus UIPosted on
Introducing the double-whammy of Simple Map D3 and Tulip, a new mapping app from MinnPost.
By Rich HarrisPosted on
Creating an API of Veterans Affairs’ data
By Cole Goins, Erika Owens, and Shane ShifflettPosted on
The Center for Investigative Reporting recently released an API of data from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, which it compiled in reporting on a backlog of disability claims.
Launching the Minnesota Legislative Bill Tracker
By Beth Hawkins, Kaeti Hinck, Tom Nehil, James Nord, Erika Owens, and Alan PalazzoloPosted on
This week, MinnPost launched an effort to track legislation in Minnesota throughout the 2013 session.
By Manuel Aristarán and Mike TigasPosted on
A new PDF data extraction tool conceived by Manuel Aristarán and built out in a collaboration between Aristarán, who is a Knight-Mozilla Fellow at La Nación, and Mike Tigas, Fellow at ProPublica, and ProPublica’s Jeremy B. Merrill.
Jessica Lord on sheetsee.js
By Erin KissanePosted on