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Ryan Pitts

Census Reporter, OpenNews

Ryan is a developer and board member for the Knight News Challenge-funded CensusReporter project. He also helps develop this website, and formerly was the news apps editor for The Spokesman-Review.

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Ryan’s work on Source

Code

  1. census-shapefile-utils

Projects

  1. Five Years, What a Surprise
  2. Training Colleagues on Digital Security? We’ve Got Your Back
  3. Introducing the Field Guide to Open Source in the Newsroom
  4. How We Made Nu Source
  5. Hello Again
  6. When Bots Get Together: Part 1
  7. Attack of the Helpful Chatbots
  8. Return of the Code Convenings: Elections and Updates
  9. SRCCON: Human-Driven Design
  10. Introducing Source Guides
  11. Well Hello, Census
  12. US Shutdown Scuttles Data
  13. For Journalism: How it Started, Where it’s Going
  14. Spokesman-Review Holiday Lights Map
  15. Source launches Oct. 16

Articles by Ryan

  1. No Humans Were Harmed in the Making of These Docs

    How we ran a super-productive two-day doc sprint—and how you can, too

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    A human-friendly doc sprint produced The Field Guide to Open Source in the Newsroom.

  2. Training Colleagues on Digital Security? We’ve Got Your Back

    What we made at our first-ever OpenNews security convening, in partnership with Buzzfeed Open Lab

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    Security has felt like a topic we ought to address for a while now, and we were thrilled to partner with BuzzFeed Open Lab this month on a convening designed to improve security knowledge and practice in newsrooms everywhere.culture and technology, so we hope you’ll help us keep this guide up to date.

  3. Introducing the Field Guide to Open Source in the Newsroom

    A guidebook for people who care about journalism and open source

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    Today we’re thrilled to announce the first release of our community-built guidebook, The Field Guide to Open Source in the Newsroom.

  4. How We Made Nu Source

    Our redesign evolved slowly and came together quickly, with a small team

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    How our small team redesigned Source, with a design refresh and a new navigation and structure that matches the way we publish now.

  5. When Bots Get Together: Part 2

    Our code convening in Austin brought together nine teams working on bots and automation. Here’s what they made.

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    Here’s the second half of our report-back from Austin’s code convening, introducing five more bot-centered open source projects from our participants.

  6. When Bots Get Together: Part 1

    Our code convening in Austin brought together nine teams working on bots and automation. Here’s what they made.

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    Code convenings have been regular events on the OpenNews calendar for a little more than two years now, each of them bringing a small group of designers and developers together to work on projects that fit a particular theme. Given a chance to step away from normal routines and daily deadlines, participants spend a couple days writing code and documentation before releasing fresh open-source projects and updates into the journalism community. The Austin event earlier this month definitely was our largest so far, with nine projects. It was a fantastic mix of people, with developers and designers from all sizes of news organizations, and fields like education, finance, and civic tech. Here’s what everyone is working on.

  7. 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.

  8. 2012 in Review: Ryan Pitts

    Utilifonts, development tools, beautiful apps, and a philosophy of cooking

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    Our own Ryan Pitts on the tools that helped him do better work and the projects and sites that inspired him in 2012.

  9. Spokesman-Review Holiday Lights Map

    Our own Ryan Pitts talks about his team rebuilding a map app

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    Ryan Pitts breaks down the recipe for a holiday lights map app, with special nods to artisanal admin interfaces and full-screen BoyerMaps.

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