Things You Made: Fire, Water, Foxx

New journalism code projects, plus updates from OpenNews

(Los Angles Times)


OpenNews Director Erika Owens just wrote a Source post full of thoughts from people coming to SRCCON:LEAD in Philly. Their thoughts on journalism leadership are so illuminating, and we’re grateful for the chance to highlight them. One prospective attendee put it simply: “I wish newsroom leaders cared more about what their communities thought about them than what other journalists think of them.” Read the full story.

SRCCON:LEAD is a hands-on conference to figure out ways we can reshape how journalism leadership operates. The full schedule is now posted, and you can follow along remotely at #srcconlead.

Who Are You Thankful For?

The end of the year is fast approaching, and we’re excited to share some 2019 gratitude within our community. Tell us about a peer you’re thankful for.

Things You’ve Been Making

We’re always on the lookout for new work and things we can learn from each other. This week, we’ve collected projects that offer a retrospective or look back at a time period or event.

After the Water

(NPR, Nov 7, 2019)
The story of the new reality in Old Ellicot City, Maryland, as it adapts to flash floods. Allows users to turn autoplay video on/off.

The heart is still pumping’

(San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 7, 2019)
After the Camp Fire, a look at how residents are restoring their community even admist loss.

One Year After Surviving a Mass Shooting, the Capital Gazette Journalists Refuse to Be Silenced

(Time, Nov 7, 2019)
A year in the aftermath of the Capital Gazette shooting, told with interviews and photos.

The Kim Foxx Effect: How Prosecutions Have Changed in Cook County

(Marshall Project, Oct 24, 2019)
What can we learn from six years of data, outlining what happened in every felony brought to the state’s attorney’s office?

We mapped every wine country fire. They’re larger and more destructive than ever

(Los Angeles Times, Nov 7, 2019)
The Times analyzed every wildfire since 1950, investigating the effects of climate change in the region.

A Chicago baby died after she was turned away from the hospital. 30 years later, oversight of ambulance diversion in Illinois is flawed.

(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct 25, 2019)
“A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found that the state’s system is deeply flawed, allowing some of Chicago’s top hospitals — including the one that would not treat Lenise — to close their emergency room doors to ambulances for thousands of hours each year.”

What else are you making? Tell us what’s happening. Email source@opennews.org.

More Things from Around the Community

An update on Reveal Reporting Networks

From managing editor Andy Donohue:

Most of our investigations are national in scope, and we vacuum up data and documents from around the country. But to tell a compelling narrative, we often zoom in on one place or one person. We’ve found that leaves us with all kinds of potentially amazing stories – and potential impact – left on the cutting room floor. So we’ve created the Reveal Reporting Networks to empower local journalists to do local versions of the investigations in their hometowns.

Our latest network just launched today, after our investigation found that nearly 1 in 4 law enforcement agencies puts up barriers that stop immigrants from being able to access a visa for crime victims, the U visa. Join our network and we’ll give you access to our data, a guide for how to report this in your area, and a webinar from reporter Laura Morel to answer your questions. Sign up here.

Do you have an announcement or thing to share? Send it on over to source@opennews.org.

Even More Things

How the Press Democrat covered the Kincade fire. Data you can wear as a dress. Common data mistakes, rounded up in a handy resource. “Testing on a <$100 Android device on a 3G network should be an integral part of testing.” Italian journalists turned Instagram into a board game.

Jobs + Things

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