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Blog: September 2013

TimelineJS — Now with even more Knight Lab

From the beginning, TimelineJS has been a project of Northwestern University Knight Lab. However, when Zach Wise first set out to create it, the Knight Lab had a less developed software process and identity, so Zach presented Timeline as a product of his personal Verite.co website. Since then, two things have happened: TimelineJS has become wildly popular, and the Knight Lab has established cohesive design guidelines and a more methodical software development process.

Meet Chris Williams, programmer-journalist in training and the first Knight/Washington Post scholar

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Chris Williams, a freelance web developer for the past nine years, enrolls in the journalism master’s program at the Medill School this week as the first recipient of a Washington Post scholarship for people with programming backgrounds. Williams is the 11th master’s student to enroll at Medill under a program established with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to attract experienced programmer-developers into journalism. He is the first to participate in

twXplorer — A smarter way to search Twitter

TwXplorer, a new social-media research tool launched today by the Knight Lab, started with one journalist who told us he had a problem. Peter Slevin, a Medill faculty member, has been working on a book about Michelle Obama. As part of that work, he periodically tracks her place in the “global conversation” by searching Twitter for references to the first lady. What he gets back: a long list of tweets mentioning Michelle Obama.

Designing tools for investigation at the Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media Party

As I recently wrote, last week Joe and I had the privilege to participate in the Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media Party. We prepared a couple of talks and spoke to the group: mine was about the current state of Knight Lab, and Joe’s was about the future of journalism. We also prepared and facilitated a workshop on designing tools for investigation. We really like this workshop. Basically, since the beginning of the year we have been

Noticias del futuro Knight Lab: My talk at #hhba #mediaparty

Last week, my partner-in-crime and the chief nerd around the Lab, Joe Germuska, and I had the privilege to join what just might be the largest Hacks/Hackers gathering in the history of the grassroots journalism organization at the Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media Party. The group is reporting over 900 people participated in its three-day gathering, with participants coming from all over North and South America, plus Africa! This year’s event was its second and was organized