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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Now This Is a Story All About How We Found the Wet Princes of Bel Air

How Reveal found Los Angeles’s biggest residential water users by using satellite imagery, QGIS and more: a non-layman’s guide.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Sept 19

Event Roundup, Sept 19

Global Investigative Journalism conference this week, plus a bunch of upcoming deadlines and still time to register for INN’s news leader event next week.

Roundup Source Project Roundup, Sept 15

Source Project Roundup, Sept 15

Here’s what we’ve been reading and scrolling through lately: document-rich investigations, special education in Texas, the boundaries of the South, the pros and cons of urban cycling, and more.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Sept 13

Event Roundup, Sept 13

News nerds are back in Denver this week, but for ONA this time. Plus, today is the last day to apply to the Reveal Investigative Fellowship

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When They Don't Want You To Lead

It’s challenging to find your feet as a leader, even more so when you’re in an underrepresented group. For people of color, women and other underrepresented groups, there are structural systems and power dynamics in place that make navigating the workplace—and leadership—especially precarious. During SRCCON in Portland, we gathered to talk about our experiences and ideas for how to navigate shared challenges.

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How (and Why) ProPublica Got Into the Elections Game

Yesterday morning, ProPublica announced two new projects: Electionland, a large-scale intiative to report on voting access and problems in the upcoming US elections, and Election DataBot, a comprehensive election-info data tracker and feed.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Sept 6

Event Roundup, Sept 6

It’s already time to start looking ahead to NICAR, plus lots of other deadlines and meetups this week.

Roundup Source Project Roundup, Sept 2

Source Project Roundup, Sept 2

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been browsing lately: Texas unholstered, an Instagram narrative, the richest data in New Jersey, and more.

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Discrimination by Design

Discriminatory design and decision-making affects all aspects of our lives: from the quality of our health care and education to where we live to what scientific questions we choose to ask. Here are just a few of the many tangible, visual examples that humans interact with every day.