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On the state of data journalism, at #SRCCON 2014

At this rate, there will be hundreds of responses by next week.

As a computer scientist about to graduate from the Medill School of Journalism, I have a front row seat on the intersection of data and journalism. Unfortunately, as Alberto Cairo has pointed out, there is still a lot of work to be done to properly combine the two. The first ever Knight-Mozilla OpenNews’ #SRCCON seeks to mind meld data savvy journalists, many of whom also attended NICAR. While most conferences are a collection

On scaling and efficiency of long-form news story design, at #SRCCON 2014

#SRCCON 2014, day one session, Art directing posts, sustainably with Scott Kellum and Lauren Rabaino. (Photo by Ramla Mahmood)

There seems to be an uptick of production in digital storytelling: More and more newsrooms are beginning to build longform editorial pieces on the web, with designs that break out of their day-to-day article templates. Web developers in newsroom sometimes find themselves struggling to meet growing editorial demand for special treatment on story projects, sometimes by copy-and-pasting previous code in order to meet a deadline. These efforts to “make it work with longform” have

On better project management for newsroom stories, at #SRCCON 2014

Jaeah Lee

Build a storyteller something interactive, and you feed them for a day. Teach them digital or data skills, and you start to unlock your newsroom nerd potential. On day two of #SRCCON — Knight-Mozilla Open News inaugural conference in Philadelphia last week — Mother Jones’ Tasneem Raja (editor) and Jaeah Lee (interactive producer) led a discussion where participants exchanged ideas about changing the newsroom training culture generally, I.E. strategies for skills-knowledge sharing. Centering

Technology and teamwork: How to get the most out of your interdisciplinary team

Wireframe for a story that included design and interactive elements

With code sometimes you have to run before you can walk. Tutorials and W3Schools are great for learning the basics, but at some point you just have to open a blank window in Sublime Text, focus on a project and start writing code from scratch. If you’re like me and aren’t a disciplined runner, it can be hard to keep up the momentum when working on your own. Having teammates keeps you on

Event recap: Twitter talks elections, politics, and data

The Fox News website displayed a tweet counter of the debate reaction.

In the eight years since Twitter launched, the platform has become an essential tool for modern journalists. Yes, it’s great source of interesting content and anecdotes for coloring your work. It’s also an undeniably effective platform from which to promote your work. But with more than a billion tweets posted every two days, the data and insight derived from those tweets is probably even more intriguing. Late last month, several members of the

SoundCiteJS update makes the tool mobile and MP3 friendly

SoundCiteJS

Last year, we released the initial version of SoundCite, a tool that helps content creators add inline audio clips to their stories. It was designed to be easy to use for any author (no coding required). We open sourced the project and hoped that our users would guide us on future development. They have. Recently The New York Times and Al Jazeera published stories using customized versions of SoundCite that included the ability

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