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Blog: February 2013

Knight Lab gears up for NICAR

On Wednesday the Knight Lab will head to Louisville for NICAR. It’s the biggest gathering of our tribe and we couldn’t be more excited. The schedule is stacked with sessions on everything from data visualization to basic Python programming to building news apps with Django. A few Knight Lab staffers and faculty will add their insight to the mix at the following sessions:

Spark Camp: Design – Recap and thoughts

Around the beginning of the year, I participated in a Spark Camp, this time themed around design and designers – which was the fourth in a series which has already covered themes like “real-time,” “data” and “money” – and hosted in Palo Alto, Ca., on Jan. 11-13. Hosted in conjunction with the d.school at Stanford University, campers were asked to focus the weekend’s conversations around “all of the ways that design — from art, to multimedia,

Twitter hacks and the Yahoo redesign: This week on Twitter

Each week our very own Stephen Autar tracks the tech and journalism conversations on Twitter as he runs the @KnightLab handle. He offers a recap of the most intriguing and important stories each Friday. If you’ve been paying attention on Twitter this week, you know there was a lot to talk about. It wasn’t journalism, but on Monday the Burger King Twitter account was hacked and “defaced,” according to CNET. The hacked tweets

Questions and consequences when publishing public data

Over the past few months something unusual has happened to public data projects: they’ve made national headlines. For journalists the most well known project was the gun permit holder map the Journal News in White Plains, New York published late last year featuring names and addresses of all registered gun owners in two New York counties. The map was controversial and inspired journalists and journalism pundits to weigh in on the project’s virtues

Pair-programming-ish learning model and Code With Me Miami thoughts

First, this post is incredibly tardy, yet I am going to publish it anyway. This Lab-hosted event was just too cool! Two weekends ago, Feb 2-3, Knight Lab hosted a Code With Me workshop at the University of Miami’s School of Communication. This was the second of the two-day introductory web-making workshop for journalists offered by co-founders and Medill School alumns Tom Giratikanon and Sisi Wei. The first one was hosted by NPR in

What j-schools can learn from music conservatories: CompJ

Was Computation + Journalism an academic conference or an industry conference? It’s hard to say, especially when nearly every panel through its two days featured a working journalist and an educator, and an equally diverse audience pressed questions from many ends of the field. Unsurprisingly, the debates that came to the fore early and often centered around that intersection between educators and practicing journalists. As a student in a journalism school, I paid