Things You Made, Nov 7

Interactive features, project breakdowns, best practices, and updates

View the full 3D interactive of water usage at Chicago Tribune.

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Paradise Papers

(Many publications, Nov, 2017)
We’re always thrilled to see news organizations and journalists collaborate, and this trove of documents has already led to important stories. (Related: See our Panama Papers Q&A on Source.)

Could You Be an Assistant Referee?

(Times of London, October, 2017)
Basile Simon at the Times tipped us off to this one, saying: “The Times (of London) has built an interactive game to illustrate how difficult flagging offside is. The first level is outside the paywall, and you can register your email to play the whole game.”

The Year in Push Alerts

(Slate, Nov 6, 2017)
An oral history and researched dissection of what we’ve been staring at all year.

Same Lake, Unequal Rates

(Chicago Tribune, Oct 25, 2017)
An analysis of water rates and demographic data from 163 communities that use Lake Michigan water, showing that black and poor areas pay more for life’s most basic need.

How Renting Furniture in Texas Can Land You in Jail

(Texas Tribune, Oct 27, 2017)
An investigation in partnership with NerdWallet, showing how the rent-to-own industry is pressing criminal charges against customers, even after rented items are returned.

The Graduates

(Better Government Association, Nov 1, 2017)
How data manipulation made City Colleges of Chicago into a system “where it is easier to get a degree but often more difficult to get an education.”

Unequal Justice

(Newsday, Oct 19, 2017)
An in-depth project on how non-whites get more prison time than whites, for the same charge.

Oil & Gas Dollars Pour in to Broomfield Ballot Fight

(Inside Energy, Nov 1, 2017)
A data-rich look at campaign funding for a measure that’s entwined with larger struggles over health, safety, policy, and state law.

Trump’s Nuclear Arsenal

(New York Times, Oct 24, 2017)
A visual editorial that tallies the stockpile.

You Draw the Chart: How Has Life Changed in 60 Years?

(BBC, Oct 24, 2017)
How low were house prices in 1957? How long could you expect to live? Look back 60 years and place your bets.

More Things

The Membership Puzzle Project has launched its Membership Models in News Database, a tool that’s cataloging how publications keep their doors open. They’re looking for more ideas, too. LabRdr is an ambitious new app from the Guardian Mobile Lab. Here’s a journalist’s microguide to environmental data. Meet humans in the RVs of Silicon Valley, with this photo essay. How the Miami Herald produced Fight Club, its groundbreaking investigation into juvenile justice. The data that shows gun sales did not spike after the Las Vegas shooting. How the New York Times made Sensations of Sound, a VR experience about exploring music as a deaf person. A roundup about losing DNAInfo & co. What ever happened to Threadless? And finally, we have yet to recover from reading Something Is Wrong on the Internet.

Screenshot of data visualization showing gun sales

Gun sales spiking, or not spiking. (Buzzfeed)

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