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What I learned building my first news product, JuxtaposeJS

  Just in time for last week’s Online News Association Conference, Knight Lab announced the launch of JuxtaposeJS, a lightweight, easy-to-use, image comparison tool. Any product launch is exciting and I’m excited to see how journalists use JuxtaposeJS to tell stories. But from a personal perspective JuxtaposeJS is more than just a tool — it’s the first tool I’ve ever built from start to finish. It was also my first major Javascript project

Introducing JuxtaposeJS, an easy way to compare two frames

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We’re pleased to announce JuxtaposeJS, a new Knight Lab tool that helps journalists tell stories by comparing two frames, including photos and gifs. JuxtaposeJS is an adaptable storytelling tool and is ideal for highlighting then/now stories that explain slow changes over time (growth of a city skyline, regrowth of a forest, etc.) or before/after stories that show the impact of single dramatic events (natural disasters, protests, wars, etc.). For example, check out this

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

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