Journalism code and the people who make it

Roundup events Event Roundup, Nov 30

Tonight, join The Coral Project at Hacks/Hackers New York. Plus, meetups around the world and several conference and fellowship deadlines are fast approaching.

How-to Why Mobile Data Visualization Shouldn’t Hurt

Why Mobile Data Visualization Shouldn’t Hurt

As data journalists, we tend to focus on visualizing our numbers as beautifully and comprehensively as possible for desktops. We pour over D3.js line charts. We spend hours getting the tooltips on our maps to look just right. And right before our deadlines, we’ll throw in some CSS media queries for mobile screens and call it a day. I know I’ve been a culprit of this method more than once.

One of my favorite sessions at Mozilla Festival this year was Aaron Williams“Crafting New Visualization Techniques for Mobile Web” where he emphasized a mobile-first, desktop-second focus to data visualization.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Nov 23

Event Roundup, Nov 23

Lots of talk proposal deadlines coming up soon, OSCON, OpenVis Conf, Responsible Data Forum, and more.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Nov 19

Show and tell this week from the Los Angeles Times Data Desk, plus lots of other meetups.

Project How We Made Youth Radio’s West Side Stories

How We Made Youth Radio's West Side Stories

Whether in the Bay Area or elsewhere across the country, stories about gentrification tend to reduce the dynamics to one narrative. Newcomers displace longtime residents, erasing history, shifting the economy, and disrupting culture in the process. Focusing on West Oakland, the Youth Radio team behind West Side Stories wanted to surface the many nuanced and sometimes conflicting stories sparked by extreme neighborhood change. Here’s what they made.

Interview Mapping Inspiration: A Q&A with Latoya Peterson

Mapping Inspiration: A Q&A with Latoya Peterson

Latoya Peterson creates all kinds of groundbreaking digital work with Fusion. We spoke with Peterson about her Mental Map project, an interactive series that traces and celebrates creative roots.

Roundup News Nerd Roundup, Nov 9

News Nerd Roundup, Nov 9

Here’s a quick look at some cool projects, beautiful interactives, and other wonderful things that we lingered over this month, ICYMI.

Project react experiments not-comments go community mongo Membrane: An Experiment in Permeable Publishing

Membrane: An Experiment in Permeable Publishing

Over the last several months, the New York Times R&D Lab has been thinking about the future of online communities, particularly those communities and conversations that form around news organizations and their journalism. When we think about community discussion, we typically think about comments sections below our articles, or outside forums that link to our content (Twitter, Reddit, etc.). But what comes after free-text comments? To explore this further, we developed Membrane, which is an experiment in permeable publishing. By permeable publishing, we mean a new form of reading experience, in which readers may “push back” through the medium to ask specific, contextual (and constrained) questions of the author.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Nov 2

Event Roundup, Nov 2

This week, the Mozilla Festival descends on London. Join us at MozFest or related events.

Tool Python data Introducing agate: a Better Data Analysis Library for Journalists

Introducing agate: a Better Data Analysis Library for Journalists

Meet agate, a Python data analysis library optimized not for performance, but for the performance of the human who is using it. That means focusing on designing code that is easy to learn, readable, and flexible enough to handle any weird data you throw at it. Here’s why you should try it.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Oct 26

A bunch of meetups this week, plus applications are now for the Philip Meyer Award for data journalism.

Interview policing Three.js incarceration race WebGL How We Made ‘Homan Square: a portrait of Chicago’s detainees’

How We Made 'Homan Square: a portrait of Chicago's detainees'

On October 19, the Guardian published Homan Square: A Portrait of Chicago’s Detainees as a part of its ongoing investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s alleged abuses of detainee rights at a warehouse facility on Chicago’s west side. We spoke with the Guardian interactive team responsible for the interactive feature, both in their NYC offices and via email.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Oct 19

Event Roundup, Oct 19

This week Berliner Gazette hosts UNCOMMONS while organizers around Europe begin to prepare for hackathons related to refugees.

Roundup News Nerd Roundup, Oct 16

News Nerd Roundup, Oct 16

Our browser tabs overfloweth with beautiful, remarkable things from the news dev world and beyond. Here’s a few we especially appreciated, from the past few weeks.

Roundtable AMP Instant Articles Apple News mobile performance What AMP (Maybe) Means for News Developers

What AMP (Maybe) Means for News Developers

When Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP, naturally) arrived late last week, the journalism internet produced a rainbow of responses. We invited a few news developers to comment at greater length, and they dug into the issues with gusto and rigor.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Oct 12

Event Roundup, Oct 12

Meetups in Singapore and Colombia, plus a conference on decentralization in London.

Roundup event Event Roundup, Oct 5

Event Roundup, Oct 5

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference comes to Norway this week, plus meetups and trainings around the world.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Sept 29

Event Roundup, Sept 29

Lots of activity in the Pacific Northwest this week: Open Source and Feelings Conference, engagement conference, and a chance to learn more about The Coral Project.

Roundup News Nerd Roundup, Sept 28

News Nerd Roundup, Sept 28

Here’s another ICYMI roundup: an inspiring handful of recent cool stuff that deserves another look.

How-to culture work week The Whole of Work

The Whole of Work

In The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain de Botton interviews a number of workers at a biscuit manufacturing company and concludes, unsurprisingly enough, that the place is rather dreary. The difference between a happy home cook and our listless biscuit manufacturing employee comes down to what Ursula Franklin describes in The Real World of Technology as holistic versus prescriptive technologies. In a holistic technology, a single person or small group of people carry through an entire process, from inception to sweeping the crumbs off the floor, making their own decisions and adapting along the way.