The Week In News Dev, Oct 25
Projects, code releases, and announcements
This week, journalism coders throughout newsrooms hunkered down to run election tests and an Amazon cloud outage produced wails of frustration up and down the East Coast. We also saw quite a few app launches, events, and code updates.
NPR & WNYC
NPR released Swing State Scorecard (pictured above), an interactive web app that allows readers to assign swing-state votes to a US Presidential candidate and walk though resulting scenarios.
The data and code team at WNYC created an interactive map that visualizes legal rights available to same-sex couples in each US state, and produced a just-in-time embeddable map to track the path of Hurricane Sandy.
The Washington Post created a new tracker to document US drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia.
The Times also published an interactive painting X-ray that lets readers explore the “ghost” image recently found beneath the surface layers of Picasso’s “Woman Ironing” and a Voter ID law map that sizes US states according to their electoral college strength.
Over at the Guardian, the development team published a responsive design walkthrough and the second post in their Datablog series about women in the UK media. Gabriel Dance, interactive editor at the Guardian US, was interviewed about interactive journalism at TPMIdeaLab.
The MapBox team launched a new blog to track their Knight Foundation-funded work on OpenStreetMap, and Juan Velasco launched National Infographic, a new blog about the process of making art, maps and graphics at National Geographic.