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Matt Waite

Matt Waite is a professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, founder of the Drone Journalism Lab and co-founder of Hot Type Consulting LLC, a web development firm. From 2007-2011, he was a programmer/journalist for the St. Petersburg Times where he developed the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.

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Projects

  1. Die, Bot, Die!
  2. True Facts, Maybe
  3. Kill All Your Darlings
  4. Telling Your Boss “No”
  5. Handling Data about Race and Ethnicity
  6. Slouching Toward Sensor Journalism
  7. Finding Stories in the Structure of Data
  8. Welcome to OpenNews Learning on Source
  9. Public Info Doesn’t Always Want to Be Free

Articles by Matt

  1. Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part 3

    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. Die, Bot, Die!

    When and How to Say Goodbye to a Bot Gone Wrong

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

  3. True Facts, Maybe

    Matt Waite thinks epistemology (and a little fake software) could save journalism—here’s why

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    Matt Waite thinks epistemology (and a little fake software) could save journalism—here’s why.

  4. Quakebots and Pageview Quotas: Bot or Be Botted?

    Matt Waite on Daft Punk, hamster wheels, and journalism’s Rushkoff moment

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    Matt Waite on Daft Punk, algorithmic news, hamster wheels, and journalism’s Rushkoff moment.

  5. Kill All Your Darlings

    Matt Waite on what to do when things don’t work out like you planned

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    Matt Waite on what to do when things don’t work out like you planned.

  6. Telling Your Boss “No”

    Matt Waite says just because you can make it doesn’t mean you should

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    Matt Waite says just because you can make it doesn’t mean you should

  7. Handling Data about Race and Ethnicity

    Or, How Matt Waite Got his Butt Kicked

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    Or, how Matt Waite got his butt kicked.

  8. Slouching Toward Sensor Journalism

    Matt Waite on the making of a drought sensor—and why sensors matter

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    Matt Waite explains his drought sensor project and breaks down the promise of sensor journalism.

  9. Finding Stories in the Structure of Data

    Matt Waite sees structure in unstructured data, and you should too

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    Matt Waite sees structure in unstructured data, and you should too.

  10. Public Info Doesn’t Always Want to Be Free

    Matt Waite on the ethics of a news app: Tampa Bay Mugshots

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    Matt Waite on how using mug shots of recently arrested perps lead to a cascading set of ethical quandaries.

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