Journalism code and the people who make it

Project Django CMS Slack How The Los Angeles Times Transformed its Publishing Tools with a UX Design Approach

How The Los Angeles Times Transformed its Publishing Tools with a UX Design Approach

The Los Angeles Times created a new publishing system by focusing on the needs of editors and reporters, supporting great journalism with better tools.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Nov 28

Event Roundup, Nov 28

Deadlines this week for the JSK fellowship and IFF conference, plus some upcoming events.

How-to VR natural language processing Low-Budget Natural Language Processing

Low-Budget Natural Language Processing

We can take advantage of our human ability to analyze natural language and use really simple techniques to assist and amaze our users. Here are a couple of ways to use these techniques in your own projects.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Nov 21

Event Roundup, Nov 21

Session ideas are due soon for the Internet Freedom Festival, plus a bunch of other upcoming grant and fellowship deadlines.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Nov 14

Event Roundup, Nov 14

Applications for ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator are due tomorrow, plus other events and deadlines.

Roundup What You’ve Been Making, Nov 11

What You've Been Making, Nov 11

OpenNews (and thus Source) exists to do one thing: to help a community of newsroom technologists, data scientists, and interactive designers thrive. We believe in the value of the work, now as ever. We will continue to look for new ways to support what you do, and to support you, as human beings. For now, we offer some links to your work on the way the vote went down, a map of loss, images of new Europeans, strong words, and more.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Nov 7

If you’re not buried in elections work, there area few events this week and upcoming deadlines to check out.

Project the future D3 baseball JavaScript How (And Why) We Built A World Series Simulator

How (And Why) We Built A World Series Simulator

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.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Oct 24

Event Roundup, Oct 24

The Mozilla Festival is back this weekend. We’ll be in London and have coverage here on Source.

Project fact-checking Google Apps debates Google Docs transcripts How NPR Transcribes and Fact-Checks the Debates, Live

How NPR Transcribes and Fact-Checks the Debates, Live

For the presidential debate season, NPR is providing live transcripts of the debate with embedded fact checks and annotations throughout each debate night. Coordinating the workflow between live transcriptions, live fact-checking, and a live-updating page inside of our CMS was no small undertaking, resulting in what may have been our team’s most complicated technical architecture yet.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Oct 17

The Mozilla Festival comes to London next week, and this week there will be a Hacks/Hackers London meetup and BBC hackathon.

Roundup Source Project Roundup, Oct 14

Source Project Roundup, Oct 14

Here’s a look at what we’ve been reading and scrolling through lately: border issues, complaints against cops, campaign data, invisible labor, and more.

Event event writeup working SRCCON mental health Practical Tips for Improving Mental Health in the Newsroom

Practical Tips for Improving Mental Health in the Newsroom

Every year, roughly one in five American adults experiences a mental illness. Working in a newsroom poses particular challenges to mental health: the job typically involves a high-stress environment, long hours, tight deadlines, exposure to graphic images and videos, and an unstable industry with uncertain benefits and job security. This July in Portland at SRCCON, dozens of journalists, developers and newsroom workers sat down together to share their personal experiences with mental health.

Event event writeup peer review SRCCON Peer Reviewing Our Data Stories

Peer Reviewing Our Data Stories

As journalists who analyze data for stories, we strive to hold ourselves accountable to a high standard of accuracy. But checking our work is rarely a straightforward process. Newsroom editors and fact-checkers might not have enough data expertise. Often, we need an outside opinion. Ideally, we could ask each other for advice, or even turn to experts in other fields for help.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Oct 10

Event Roundup, Oct 10

Transparency Camp comes to Cleveland, BarCamp News Innovation is in Philly, and other upcoming events and deadlines.

Project so many elephants so few elephants elephants Elephants Count: Designing the Elephant Atlas

Elephants Count: Designing the Elephant Atlas

How we designed a visualization platform and API to share data about the alarming decline of elephant populations across Africa.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Oct 3

CUNY J+ has two workshops this week, plus take a look at upcoming deadlines.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Sept 26

INN hosts tech workshop for news leaders, plus meetups around the world.

Event event writeup empathy SRCCON design Designing News Apps for Humanity

Designing News Apps for Humanity

Reader trust is fragile and easily betrayed, and competition is fierce. Newsrooms can’t afford to ignore the way our work affects our readers when their contexts conflict with our expectations.

Learning columns design If It Needs a Sign, It’s Probably Bad Design

If It Needs a Sign, It’s Probably Bad Design

Adding more text is a bad way to compensate for bad design.