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What can we learn from the history of social network analysis?

When I joined Knight Lab as a student fellow six months ago, I became determined to make progress on a social network analysis (SNA) tool. As journalists we continually look to provide quality information through captivating perspectives and I believe that network data fulfills a part of that purpose in capturing the details of our society from a structural point of view. But the fact is that network analysis is a tough problem

Resources to build and deploy web applications quickly

Beginner coders often look to learn specific languages, like JavaScript or Ruby on Rails. While this is important to understand concepts like control flow and functions, as learners become more comfortable with these technologies, their focus shifts from tutorials and side projects to designing solutions for real-world problems. These solutions typically include common core features that start to require backend and devops experience: data and user storage, a presentable user interface, and a

New journalism/technology prototypes unveiled Wednesday

On Wednesday, December 3, journalism and computer science students in the latest version of Northwestern’s “Collaborative Innovation in Journalism and Technology” class will unveil the prototypes they’ve built over the past 10 weeks. You’re invited to see what they’ve come up with. The students have been working since September, when I and Associate Prof. Larry Birnbaum of the computer science department in the McCormick School formed seven interdisciplinary teams out of the 25

In our ears… November edition

zed show

Around the Lab, some of us are long-time podcast junkies and some of us were about eight years old when podcasts came on the scene. We’ve been publishing our research into web audio from our primer on its history to why it feels stagnated. However, we haven’t published much about podcasts or podcasting (because everyone else is writing about it, including listicles from just about everyone from The Atlantic to The Huffington Post) or about the the shows we love for on-demand listening. Therefore, we thought it might be fun to share the shows in our current rotations—we certainly have has some fun talking about them around the Lab—and possibly revisit this as a monthly feature. Let us know if you like it.

Jake Shapiro on PRX, developing Radiotopia and the future of web audio

PRX CEO Jake Shapiro

When I first started researching web audio, I was surprised to find again and again that an organization I’d never heard of was leading the charge, pushing hard on the current state of sound on the internet, and helping the medium into the 21st century: Public Radio Exchange, more commonly referred to as PRX. PRX supports some of the biggest names in radio and podcasting. The nonprofit distributes a roster of popular shows, from well-known public radio staples like The Moth and Sound Opinions to hit podcasts like 99% Invisible and WTF with Marc Maron. Radiotopia, PRX’s …