Tonight, join The Coral Project at Hacks/Hackers New York. Plus, meetups around the world and several conference and fellowship deadlines are fast approaching.
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.
Lots of talk proposal deadlines coming up soon, OSCON, OpenVis Conf, Responsible Data Forum, and more.
Show and tell this week from the Los Angeles Times Data Desk, plus lots of other meetups.
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.
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.
Here’s a quick look at some cool projects, beautiful interactives, and other wonderful things that we lingered over this month, ICYMI.
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.
This week, the Mozilla Festival descends on London. Join us at MozFest or related events.
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.
A bunch of meetups this week, plus applications are now for the Philip Meyer Award for data journalism.
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.
This week Berliner Gazette hosts UNCOMMONS while organizers around Europe begin to prepare for hackathons related to refugees.
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.
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.
Meetups in Singapore and Colombia, plus a conference on decentralization in London.
The Global Investigative Journalism Conference comes to Norway this week, plus meetups and trainings around the world.
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.
Here’s another ICYMI roundup: an inspiring handful of recent cool stuff that deserves another look.
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.