Journalism code and the people who make it

Learning data Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Elections Scraping

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Elections Scraping

Jeremy Merrill and Ken Schwencke explore the fine art of anticipating and catching errors while wrangling the eccentricities of US elections data.

Project OpenNews code convening screenshots Introducing Whippersnapper

As part of the OpenNews Code Convening held earlier this month, we’re releasing Whippersnapper—an automated screenshot tool to keep a visual history of content on the web. It builds on top of other open source projects to capture and upload screenshots of a web page, giving users creative power to track how the internet visually changes.

Event OpenNews code convening Return of the Code Convenings: Elections and Updates

Return of the Code Convenings: Elections and Updates

Earlier this month, we held our third-ever OpenNews Code Convening, and our first one west of Portland, Oregon. Code Convenings are short events that bring together pairs of developers from news organizations to finish, document, and release open source projects they’ve been chipping away at.

Project Google Spreadsheets JavaScript Tracking a Record Run Throughout the Season

Tracking a Record Run Throughout the Season

At the beginning of the season, it looked like Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray might break a record this season. John Hancock explains the interactive the Dallas Morning News put together to track Murray’s progress.

Project app template elections Stealing the NPR App Template for Fun and (Non-)Profit

Stealing the NPR App Template for Fun and (Non-)Profit

This month, just in time for the election, our team at the Investigative News Network (INN) launched Power Players—a state-by-state exploration of campaign finance and top political donors across the country. Here’s how we used NPR’s App Template to make it work.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Nov 17

Event Roundup, Nov 17

Today is the deadline to submit talk ideas to OpenVis Conf and FOSS4G, and later this week a hackathon in Bogotá.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Nov 9

Event Roundup, Nov 9

Conferences are happening this week in Missouri and Berlin, plus meetups around the US.

Project Introducing Pulp and Pulp Press

Introducing Pulp and Pulp Press

Al Jazeera America’s Michael Keller explains how his team designed and built its first piece of comics journalism.

Project redesign The Guardian Launches an Open Redesign for US Readers

The Guardian Launches an Open Redesign for US Readers

The new site is responsive, speedy, and fully backed by new tools for journalists. We spoke with the project’s leaders about their experience, the new features, and what they have planned for the future.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Oct 20

Event Roundup, Oct 20

Events are happening this weekend in West Virginia, Munich, Córdoba, and of course, London for the Mozilla Festival.

Learning data The Census of Governments Has Your Number

The Census of Governments Has Your Number

Michael Maciag‘s walk-through of this under-utilized goldmine.

Event CrowData CrowData Grows Up

CrowData Grows Up

A La Nación hackathon to enhance the open-source file-freeing tool behind VozData results in a better CrowData and a tall list of changes to come.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Oct 13

Event Roundup, Oct 13

Events in New York, Bogotá, and London, plus the deadline for the next OpenNews code convening.

How-to mapping Twitter Twitter Mapping: Foundations

Twitter Mapping: Foundations

Twitter’s data editor lays out the major challenges and opportunities that arise when you set out to map tweets.

Project The Case for Flat Files in Big Data Projects

The Case for Flat Files in Big Data Projects

Time’s Chris Wilson and Pratheek Rebala open up the enormous Open Payments dataset from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services using flat files and Ajax.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Oct 6

Event Roundup, Oct 6

Hacks/Hackers are meeting up in four countries this week, plus applications are open to participate in a hackathon at Al Jazeera.

Tool csvkit Eleven Awesome Things You Can Do with csvkit

Eleven Awesome Things You Can Do with csvkit

Christopher Groskopf, master of CSVs, breaks down the magical powers of csvkit.

Learning data Finding Stories in Census Data

Finding Stories in Census Data

Emily Alpert Reyes on how to find promising needles in Census haystacks.

Roundup events Event Roundup, Sept 29

Event Roundup, Sept 29

Conferences in Japan and Mexico, plus meetups in New York and Vienna.

Learning design A Big Article About Wee Things

A Big Article About Wee Things

Lena Groeger on the magical powers of every little thing.

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