Journalism code and the people who make it

Project opennews News nerds, what do you need?

News nerds, what do you need?

We’d love to learn more about your experience as part of the journalism-code community through an exciting new survey

Roundup Source Project Roundup, June 21

Source Project Roundup, June 21

Here’s a sampling of what inspired us, what challenged our assumptions, and what became most beloved in our browser tabs: unstoppable opinions, traffic stops, Brexit clarity, Orlando heroics.

Roundup events Event Roundup, June 20

Event Roundup, June 20

Open Source Bridge and Datafest this week plus scholarship and fellowship deadlines coming up soon.

Project R nursing homes civic data csvkit Germany excel Investigating 13,000 “Good” Nursing Homes in Germany

Investigating 13,000 "Good" Nursing Homes in Germany

We built a web platform to help readers make better, more informed decisions about nursing homes for their loved ones.

Project Tracking Title IX Investigations

Tracking Title IX Investigations

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s latest news application, which tracks the U.S. Department of Education’s investigations into how colleges handle reports of sexual assault under the gender-equity law Title IX, grew out of extensive reporting on the subject. For us, it’s a testament to the power of collaboration and experimentation—here’s how it came together, why we rebuilt it shortly after launching it, and what we learned in the process.

Roundup events Event Roundup, June 13

Event Roundup, June 13

This week is the Allied Media Conference and Investigative Reporters and Editors, plus a bunch of local meetups.

Project tracker genius police spreadsheet How We Built a Police Reform Tracker on a Platform Made for Rap Lyrics

How We Built a Police Reform Tracker on a Platform Made for Rap Lyrics

How do you turn a groundbreaking 200-page report on police misconduct into a set of actionable, trackable reforms? City Bureau’s solution: an accountability tracker tool built on Genius, an annotations platform best known for decoding rap lyrics.

Learning errors failure Too Human (Not) to Fail

Too Human (Not) to Fail

Lots of everyday objects are designed to prevent errors—saving clumsy and forgetful humans from our own mistakes or protecting us from worst-case scenarios. Sometimes designers make it impossible for us to mess up, other times they build in a backup plan for when we inevitably do. But regardless, the solution is baked right into the design.

Project The Hamilton Algorithm

The Hamilton Algorithm

The secret weapon wielded by the Enterprise Visuals team at the Wall Street Journal is collaboration. A lot of it. For our latest project, which dissects the rhyme schemes of the hit musical Hamilton, our team of designers, developers and data journalists worked together to create a new data visualization type that could capture the lyrical complexity of rhyming verse.

Roundup events Event Roundup, May 31

Event Roundup, May 31

Hack events this weekend in Belgium, Chicago, Miami, and Buenos Aires. Plus, a new travel scholarship program from OpenNews to help you get to all these great events.

Roundup Source Project Roundup, May 27

Source Project Roundup, May 27

Here’s a few things we especially appreciated recently: green spaces, small multiples, and forking paths of perception.

Tool View Source” for Data Visualizations

"View Source" for Data Visualizations

During the most recent SNDMakes design sprint and prototyping event, teams were prompted to think about how they might expand the news and information design communities. Our team hoped to expand the news and information design communities by giving them a common project for fostering collaboration, and the end result was Visualization Verification View (V³).

Project How We Built the New ProPublica Mobile Apps

How We Built the New ProPublica Mobile Apps

A few weeks ago, ProPublica rolled out new versions of our app for iOS and Android. (If you haven’t tried them yet, stop reading this and go download them immediately!) Rebuilt and redesigned from scratch, they’re the result of a fundamental rethink that kicked off late last year.

Roundup events Event Roundup, May 16

Event Roundup, May 16

This is the week to enter the SRCCON ticket lottery, and learn about Panama Papers at two Hacks/Hackers events in Germany.

Roundup Source Project Roundup, May 13

Source Project Roundup, May 13

Here’s a few things we loved recently: arresting words, opposing parties, how landfills fill in Minnesota, how housing stays empty in China, and more.

Learning typography usability How Typography Can Save Your Life

How Typography Can Save Your Life

Typography is an aesthetic choice, but it’s also an interface element that can help keep drivers and astronauts safe—or put real people in danger.

Roundup events Event Roundup, May 2

Event Roundup, May 2

A bunch of conferences this week, plus a Coral Project hackathon.

Roundup #botweek Botweek’s Closing Circle

Botweek's Closing Circle

A few of our favorite bits of thinking and linking around bots.

How-to arduino #botweek Node.js wine How We Made a Bot that Pours Wine on Television

How We Made a Bot that Pours Wine on Television

How I built a WineBOT for NBC News’ Today show that’s powered by a hashtag battle.

Roundtable automation AI what even #botweek bots Do News Bots Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do News Bots Dream of Electric Sheep?

Bots have been making the news more and more lately, partly due to the underlying technology becoming more common, and partly due to bots becoming rampaging racists. PCWorld recently suggested that 2016 may be “the year of the bots.” But if you read the article, all the examples are of chatbots—bots, to be sure, but only a subset.