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How Byron Lutz untangled the Calderon family’s connections and what it tells us about social network analysis

The main visualization for the Los Angeles Times' investigation in to the Calderon family.

On Friday, February 21, 2014, two members of a Southern California family dynasty were indicted on a series of political corruption charges, including tax fraud, money laundering, and bribery. Two members of that family — Tom Calderon, a consultant and a former assemblyman, and Ron Calderon, a state senator — would surrender themselves by the following Monday, both pleading not guilty to the charges. Tied to their alleged wrongdoings was an extensive network

Andrew Golis on launching This.cm and creating a social “magazine experience” on the web

Occasionally we’ll do a Q&A with an impressive maker or strategist from media and its fringes. Each person brings a unique perspective on journalism, publishing and technology. Catch up and/or follow the series here. Up until the end of last year, my daily news experience involved sifting through endless tweets and clickbait on Facebook. When I got an invite to This, a link-sharing social network that aims to “find and share the web’s

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 …

Alex Blumberg on StartUp podcast, Gimlet Media and the future of podcasting

Gimlet Media co-founders Alex Blumberg and Mattew Lieber

Alex Blumberg is a man who needs little introduction… At least within the podcasting and radio public media circles. He produced for This American Life for years and co-founded the award-winning Planet Money. Now Alex is tearing up the iTunes podcasting charts as he tries to give listeners a look behind the curtain at the development of his podcasting business, Gimlet Media, with the StartUp podcast. Alex and Gimlet Media co-founder Matthew Lieber, an MIT MBA and former public radio veteran, are already getting good press for the advertising innovations they’re pulling off in StartUp, and enough investment interest to get the for-profit company fully-funded. Now the company is looking …

New Team Member: Heather Billings, Designer/Developer

Heather Billings

We are pleased to announce that Heather Billings will be joining the Lab as a designer and developer. Heather comes to us from the Chicago Tribune, where she has been a member of the News Apps team for the past three years. I’m very excited to have the chance to work with Heather again. When we brought her onto the team at the Chicago Tribune, I was already impressed by her smart, humane, and generous presence on social media. The