Things You Made, Sept 13

New journalism code projects, plus updates from OpenNews

(Long Streets Project)

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Things on Source Recently

We’re powered by our contributors, and really proud to be a place for documenting and sharing how you work and what you believe in. Some recent things:

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 each take a different route to showing the personal impact of political or societal issues.

Pa. nurses are fed up with hold times, rude answers, and delays dealing with state licensing board

(Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept 12, 2019)
From reporter Sara Simon: “Last year, a comprehensive review of all Pa. state licensing boards—issued by executive order from the governor—claimed the Board of Nursing’s initial license processing time averaged 17 days. Nothing about that number made sense to me. I’d heard too many stories of nurses who waited for months. And the report? It was 598 pages with no definition of ‘processing time’ and no methodology section. My digging landed me in the Secretary of State’s office. Turns out, she’d also been stumped and had asked for her own new review. The number she found? 88 days.”

L.A. might ban homeless people from sleeping on many streets. What about your block?

(Los Angeles Times, Sept 9, 2019)
This project acquired the geographic boundaries for thousands of sites and then estimated the restricted zones based on computer-drawn buffers around each.

What’s being built near you? Search St. Louis City building permits

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sept 10, 2019)
A simple interface to better understand the area in which you live, and the ways that it’s changing.

Your Illustrated Guide To Chicago’s Budget Problems

(WBEZ, August 29, 2019)
An illustrated explainer to a complex process that affects everyone in the city.

Long Streets Project

(Montana Free Press, ongoing)
A data-rich, visual exploration of the many pressures and forces shaping life in Montana, covered as Montanans see it, “one big small town with really long streets.”

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

Even More Things

Ten years of Document Cloud, a Q&A and a look back. Inside the Long Streets Project, an interview with data reporter Eric Dietrich. Lessons from data journalism in Portugal. A crowdsourced election tech handbook in the UK. Lessons learned about tech strategy after a launch, at the Financial Times. Washington’s vote in the 2016 presidential election, rendered as beautiful data art.

Hello to everyone at #ONA19! If you’re interested in documenting a project or sharing a process on Source, we are always excited to be a home for your contributions. Shoot a note to source@opennews.org.

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