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It started as a joke and turned into hashing through thousands of Net Neutrality comments the hard way, then building a chatbot to post them and interact with curious readers.
Derek Willis breaks down the three stages of scraping (denial, annoyance, and acceptance) while confronting the election-results form from hell.
The financial relationship between PAC contributors and recipients can be difficult to divine from the information reported to the FEC. Bedfellows is a new Python library based on a model developed at The Upshot for understanding those relationships via several different measures.
How the Seattle Times’ election page served as a testbed for custom elements in a news app, and what it means for other news apps teams.
How ProPublica and The Lens got the aerial photos they needed to produce Losing Ground.
What INN’s newsroom technology team learned about inter-organizational collaboration while building Power Players, and what they’ll do differently next time.
An open source elections-data URL locator and parser for Clarity Elections results, from the team at OpenElections.
The Election Night API is a set of tools, configurations, and instructions to collect and serve election results on election night, while still providing an off-season service, and focusing on saving resources as much as possible.
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.
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.
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.
Al Jazeera America’s Michael Keller explains how his team designed and built its first piece of comics journalism.
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.
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.
The California Civic Data Coalition issues a challenge.
Launching with two new Django applications ready made to make California campaign finance data easier to access.
POV’s Brian Chirls on why video sync is a giant pain and how to make it work.
Brian Chirls introduces an ambitious video framework for a challenging interactive documentary.
Basile Simon walks through the process of building a new tool that aims to help reporters cover beats, and that was prompted by work by Knight-Mozilla Fellows and a presentation at Hacks/Hackers London.