Journalism code and the people who make it

Roundup Source Project Roundup, Feb 11

Source Project Roundup, Feb 11

Here’s a roundup of our favorite projects and pieces from the past couple of weeks, all worthy of another look.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Feb 9

Event Roundup, Feb 9

In gearing up for NICAR, there’s a bunch more ways to participate such as pitching proposals to lightning talks and the conversations track. Plus, events all over the world this month.

How-to Python machine learning audio How La Nación Listened to 20,000 (Possibly Interesting) Audio Files

How La Nación Listened to 20,000 (Possibly Interesting) Audio Files

With about 20,000 unlabeled audio files to classify, as part of a big breaking story, we created a process to help us focus on the files we actually needed.

Interview zika open data GitHub mosquitos An Open Guide to Zika Data

An Open Guide to Zika Data

Over a month after Brazil declared a state of emergency in response to a Zika outbreak, clear information on the virus is hard to come by. On Monday, BuzzFeed’s Jeremy Singer-Vine started an open guide to Zika-related data, to collect what we do know and help other journalists do the same. It points to resources like global and country-specific data on the spread of the virus, its mosquitos, and microcephaly, from respected sources. We asked why he started it, how he curates it, and where he can use everyone’s help.

Roundup Source Project Roundup, Jan 26

Source Project Roundup, Jan 26

Two weeks of highlights and bookmarks: projects and code that showed us new angles, got newsroom coders talking, and pointed toward better ways of working.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Jan 25

Event Roundup, Jan 25

Ireland welcomes a chapter of ONA, meetups in NYC and Zurich, plus a few deadlines this week.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Jan 19

Event Roundup, Jan 19

Multiple events in San Francisco this week, plus so many great opportunities just waiting for your application.

Project sentiment analysis bias Analyzing Emotional Language in 21 Million News Articles

Analyzing Emotional Language in 21 Million News Articles

All of us have encountered a particularly emotionally charged news article, with every word betraying the author’s bias. But a single reader would have to be a dedicated follower of a news organization to really understand how much opinion is habitually betrayed in its work. To find out how carefully major news organizations moderate their language in articles on controversial topics, we at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) used computational techniques to analyze millions of articles from 15 large news organizations in the U.S. Some agencies, we found, do not shy from emotion-laden and biased rhetoric—the Huffington Post and Washington Post, for example. But we also found that, on average, the use of highly emotional language is curbed, pointing to possible self-moderation.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Jan 12

Event Roundup, Jan 12

Meetups this week in Miami, Austria, and Finland, plus lots of upcoming events and deadlines.

Project Python calculator PHP census Inside the Wall Street Journal’s Prediction Calculator

Inside the Wall Street Journal's Prediction Calculator

We made an interactive based on a government agency’s method of predicting a person’s race and ethnicity based solely on their name and address. The response from our readers was, fittingly, a little unpredictable.

Roundtable love Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part 3

Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part 3

As we did last year, we’ve asked a couple of dozen people from all around the news-nerd community to tell us about one thing—article, feature, app, tool, or something else entirely—that they loved in 2015. This week, we’re publishing their responses, from interactives to project management software. We hope you find here at least one thing that eases your work, inspires new angles on your stories, and helps carry you through to 2016.

Event culture careers events 5 Things I Learned at AAJA’s iCON (and a Few Things I’m Still Considering)

5 Things I Learned at AAJA's iCON (and a Few Things I’m Still Considering)

Reflections on iCON, the Asian American Journalists Association’s event in Miami last month.

Roundtable love Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part 2

Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part 2

As we did last year, we’ve asked a couple of dozen people from all around the news-nerd community to tell us about one thing—article, feature, app, tool, or something else entirely—that they loved in 2015. This week, we’re publishing their responses, from interactives to project management software. We hope you find here at least one thing that eases your work, inspires new angles on your stories, and helps carry you through to 2016.

Project VR How We Made Vigils in Paris, a VR Story

How We Made Vigils in Paris, a VR Story

On November 20, the New York Times released “Vigils in Paris”—a virtual reality film that captured a city in mourning after the terror attacks a week earlier. It was the first VR project from the Times produced completely in-house. Graham Roberts, senior graphics editor at the Times, spoke with us over email about how they made it, and what the future of VR looks like.

Roundtable love Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part I

Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part I

As we did last year, we’ve asked a couple of dozen people from all around the news-nerd community to tell us about one thing—article, feature, app, tool, or something else entirely—that they loved in 2015. This week, we’re publishing their responses, from interactives to project management software. We hope you find here at least one thing that eases your work, inspires new angles on your stories, and helps carry you through to 2016.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Dec 14

Event Roundup, Dec 14

A few last meetups before the end of the year, and plenty of conferences looking for your submissions in 2016.

Tool Python data JSON election Introducing Elex, a Tool to Make Election Coverage Better for Everyone

Introducing Elex, a Tool to Make Election Coverage Better for Everyone

End the elections arms race” has become a rallying cry in American data journalism. Many newsrooms spend tremendous resources writing code to simply load and parse election data. It’s time we stopped worrying about the plumbing and started competing on the interesting parts. We decided it was time we put some code against our beliefs – our contribution is a tool we’re calling Elex. And it needs your help, too.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Dec 7

Event Roundup, Dec 7

The annual YAN hackathon in Armenia is happening this weekend, plus lotsa meetups.

Tool Google Analytics analytics GADash Better Analytics for Newsrooms with GADash

Better Analytics for Newsrooms with GADash

At the New York Times, the Interactive News team wants to build tools that make the world of analytics more accessible to newsroom teams. Earlier this year, members of the team began working on Google Analytics Dashboard (GADash), an app-specific display of key figures, traffic patterns, and charts for some of our custom story presentations, as well as general page reports.

Roundup News Nerd Roundup, Dec 2

News Nerd Roundup, Dec 2

Here’s a few things that made us pause, over the past few weeks: beautiful, haunting, or otherwise fascinating pieces from the journalism code universe.

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