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How the NYT graphics team prepped for and carried out its Sochi Olympics plan

How Mikaela Shiffer Won the Slalom (Courtesy of the New York TImes)

When the Olympics roll around every two years, virtually every news site covers it in one way or another. For interactive teams in particular, the Olympic spectacle provides a wealth of opportunity to craft stories that are beautiful, functional and informational. For Sochi many newsrooms put together great packages (some personal favorites include The Guardian’s Sochi Venue Guide and The Washington Post’s Mountains of the Olympics graphic), but I was particularly taken with

How a young developer stumbled in to journalism and landed at FiveThirtyEight

Dhrumil Mehta

On Friday, FiveThirtyEight announced that Dhrumil Mehta (a former Knight Lab student fellow) would be joining their team as a database journalist. It was fun news for us to hear, particularly when you consider that a year and half ago journalism wasn’t even a small part Mehta’s career plan. At the time, Mehta was a senior here at Northwestern and six months from completing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (with a cognitive science

StoryMapJS’ GigaPixel tool follows Game of Thrones adventure

Last week we put the final touches on a StoryMapJS update. As we were wrapping things up, we started to look for fun way to show off the new GigaPixel tool, which allows you to use the StoryMap interface to explain what’s happening in a static image. Eventually we decided to follow the Game of Thrones character Arya through the show’s imagined world of Westeros. The Lab’s operations and project manager (and resident

Building a content creation ecosystem: journalism and collaboration on the web

I once worked at a content creation agency in Boston where we churned out an exorbitant volume of content for client companies’ websites on a daily basis. Each writer was responsible for 15-20 stories per day that ranged from 200 to 500 words. We peer-edited and posted all of our work in a proprietary CMS, and the editing process was as follows: Receive influx of emails from co-workers requesting story edits. Suggest edits

StoryMapJS Beta gets a fresh look, MapBox maps, and a new gigapixel image tool

Introducing an updated StoryMap interface an authoring tool.

Back in December we released an alpha version of StoryMapJS, our tool to help journalists tell better stories with maps. Since then it’s been adopted by a number of journalists and deployed around the world — helping to tell the stories about boarding school runaways in England and chart the impact of the debt ceiling debate in the U.S. among many others. We have been refining StoryMapJS and rolled out a few bug

Kicking off a new, international fellowship with Manuel Aristarán

Manuel Aristarán was a 2013 Knight-Mozilla Fellow

As we traveled to various conferences and events last year, we met a number of fascinating nerds doing digital journalism work in Latin America, Europe and Africa. We learned a lot from talking and hacking with them, but just as we were getting going, the event would end. We wanted more time to talk to these journalists, and even work with them, and we wanted to connect them to our wider community back