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How-to How We Made “Faces of Death Row”

How We Made "Faces of Death Row"

This week, the Texas Tribune launched Faces of Death Row, a simply designed news app that prominently features photographs of each of the 261 people currently awaiting execution in Texas (accompanying article). The app allows for filtering by age, race, sex, and number of years spent on death row. Its simplicity—an artifact of the unavailability of the data the Tribune originally sought—is also its strength.

How-to How We Made “Money as a Weapons System”

How We Made "Money as a Weapons System"

How ProPublica’s team communicated the complexities—and absurdities—of $2B in mostly unrestricted spending by military personnel in Afghanistan.

How-to bots #botweek Die, Bot, Die!

Die, Bot, Die!

When and how to say goodbye to the bots when something has gone terribly wrong…or when no one’s really laughing anymore.

How-to bots #botweek Node.js Forecast.io Twitter Hi, Weatherbot!

Hi, Weatherbot!

A Node-based Twitter bot, one easy step at a time—plus the way John Keefe teaches basic botmaking to class of journalism/design students.

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.

How-to TopoJSON svg SVG mapping D3 animation Animating Maps with D3 and TopoJSON

Animating Maps with D3 and TopoJSON

An exploration of an easy way to animate paths in SVG maps.

How-to Work Getting a Job in Journalism Code

Getting a Job in Journalism Code

Job hunting can be an intimidating process, especially for recent grads or people looking to break into a new field. The journalism tech community is a welcoming place for new faces and Sisi Wei and Jeremy B. Merrill want to help you overcome any fears and apply for jobs and internships in this growing and evolving field.

How-to Python #botweek bots A Botmaking Primer

A Botmaking Primer

Not sure where to begin with this whole bot thing? Joseph Kokenge is here to help you get started with botmaking 101.

How-to network diagrams Network Diagrams Are Hard

Network Diagrams Are Hard

Alyson Hurt digs into the challenges of producing legible, useful network diagrams using evolving web technologies and methods.

How-to elections Watching the Results Change

Watching the Results Change

Jacob Harris on the challenges of reporting and calling elections and the making of the NYT’s chart of minute-by-minute Virginia governor’s race reporting action.

How-to video Varnish Django traffic Live Streaming History

Live Streaming History

The Texas Tribune’s Travis Swicegood explains how his organization handled a massive, unexpected wave of traffic when they became the only news organization closely covering the SB 5 filibuster in Texas.