Meetups, trainings, and hackathons around the world this week, plus plenty of opportunities for you to pitch proposals to upcoming events.
A week full of deadlines: SND competition and SNDMakes application, ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy, and NICAR Lightning Talks voting.
The changing makeup of households and the relationships within them offer some of the most fertile areas for reporting on demographic trends in America. Over time, slow but steady changes in who lives with whom—or perhaps lives alone—reflect shifts in the country’s economy, its social norms and its choices of where and how to live. The Census Bureau’s population counts make these trends easy to track. All you need are two things: an understanding of how the Census asks Americans about households and relationships, and where to find the right tables amid the haystack of tabulations. That’s what this post aims to help you with.
We’re planning many changes and additions to Source over the course of 2015. I’ll write about those as they happen, but our first announcement is about changes behind the scenes. I am very happy to announce a new opening for an assistant editor, to join me and the rest of the team in keeping Source watertight and pointed in the right direction. If that sounds like you or someone you know, please take a look at the job description and send us a résumé.
Events around the world this week, plus tons of conferences accepting proposals and other upcoming deadlines.
Jake Harris on data visualization, empathy, and representing people with dots
Derek Willis breaks down the three stages of scraping (denial, annoyance, and acceptance) while confronting the election-results form from hell.
Start 2015 off with a talk proposal or apply for a hack curriculum grant.
The financial relationship between PAC contributors and recipients can be difficult to divine from the information reported to the FEC. Bedfellows is a new Python library based on a model developed at The Upshot for understanding those relationships via several different measures.
How the Seattle Times’ election page served as a testbed for custom elements in a news app, and what it means for other news apps teams.
Close out 2015 with a local meetup or check out some upcoming deadlines.
D’Vera Cohn on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Marriage Data But Were Afraid to Ask
How ProPublica and The Lens got the aerial photos they needed to produce Losing Ground.
This week are many Hacks/Hackers holiday parties as well as your last chance to vote for the NICAR 15 T-Shirt.
What INN’s newsroom technology team learned about inter-organizational collaboration while building Power Players, and what they’ll do differently next time.
An open source elections-data URL locator and parser for Clarity Elections results, from the team at OpenElections.
The Election Night API is a set of tools, configurations, and instructions to collect and serve election results on election night, while still providing an off-season service, and focusing on saving resources as much as possible.