Alyson Hurt


Alyson Hurt is the graphics editor at NPR, serving on the Visuals team (formerly News Apps + Multimedia). Previously at the Washington Post and the Arizona Republic. Graduate of ASU's Cronkite School and Georgetown's CCT program.

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Alyson’s work on Source


  1. Electris
  2. Lunchbox
  3. Pym
  4. T-Shirt


  1. Introducing Lunchbox
  2. Fellows + Code Convening = New Open Source Tools
  3. Return of the Code Convenings: Elections and Updates
  4. Meet Disputed Territories and SSN Redactor
  5. All About the dailygraphics Rig from NPR
  6. Introducing Pym
  7. Animation With Filmstrips
  8. Collaborating on the T-Shirt Project
  9. Network Diagrams Are Hard
  10. Complex But Not Dynamic
  11. How NPR Designed Their Live Elections News App

Articles by Alyson

  1. Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part 2

    Appreciation of usefulness and bar-raising at the end of a long, complicated year

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    As we did last year, we’ve asked a couple of dozen people from all around the news-nerd community to tell us about one thing—article, feature, app, tool, or something else entirely—that they loved in 2015. This week, we’re publishing their responses, from interactives to project management software. We hope you find here at least one thing that eases your work, inspires new angles on your stories, and helps carry you through to 2016.

  2. Surviving the News Business

    Burnout, self-care, and human-tested tactics for staying okay at work

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    While each organization’s culture varies, aggressive deadlines, multi-tasking, and long hours are considered hallmarks of journalism. You can repeat that exact paragraph about the tech industry as well. If you combine them, as many of us do each day, you get something like a three-dimensional chess board of stressors, deadlines, and shifting ground.

  3. All About the dailygraphics Rig from NPR

    A Q&A with Alyson Hurt and Christopher Groskopf

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    Last week, NPR’s Visuals team released their dailygraphics rig, which offers workflow for small-scale visualizations, interactives, and graphics, along with “automated machinery for creating, deploying and embedding these mini-projects.” Their introductory blog post breaks down how to set up and use the rig, and the code is open source and ready to use. Alyson Hurt joined last week’s OpenNews community call to talk a little about the project, and we chatted with her and Christopher Groskopf afterward about how the rig came to be, what kind of skills are required to use it, and their aim to improve code quality and culture through process-improving tools.

  4. Introducing Pym

    Responsive iFrames from the NPR Visuals team

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    NPR’s Visuals team breaks down Pym, a new responsive-iframe library and the first project launched from the OpenNews Code Convening.

  5. Animation With Filmstrips

    How NPR uses JPEGs and CSS to work around the anigif

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    The code and thinking behind NPR’s implementation of the JPEG “filmstrip” technique in “Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt.”

  6. Network Diagrams Are Hard

    NPR’s Alyson Hurt on the challenges of making good network diagrams

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

  7. How NPR Designed Their Live Elections News App

    The Electris project, from concept to Election Night

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    Alyson Hurt explains how the NPR apps team created, tested, and built its Swing State Scorecard and covered results on Election Night.

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