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Seven coding lessons learned building “Your CPS”

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I have been a journalist and journalism student for a decade. When I started my first professional job, in 2007, the dream of every young reporter was to have a scoop stamped on the front page of the paper the next morning. At that time, of course, we didn’t have the Internet on our phones and social media was 100 percent something called Orkut — at least in Brazil, where I am from. For years I worked

What we learned about using data to generate custom content

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A year ago, I was struggling to choose between offers to study journalism or computational analysis and public policy. I ultimately chose computational analysis and public policy as I was excited by the prospect of learning about the frontiers of data and policy. I quickly developed a fascination with civic hacking and the open government movement. Aspiring to use my data science skills for social good and to return eventually to journalism, I

Former fellow takes project from Knight Lab to VICE as Knight-VICE innovator

Knight Lab alumni fellow, Farahnaz Mohammed, received a nice bit of news recently, when she learned that she’d made the cut for the inaugural class of Knight-VICE innovators. Mohammed is among four young journalists selected to develop innovative ideas in journalism that’ll be supported by VICE, Knight Foundation, and City University of New York. Mohammed, who graduated from Northwestern’s master’s in journalism program earlier this year, will continue work on a platform she

Seeking developers interested in journalism: New options at Northwestern

Through a unique scholarship program, the Medill School at Northwestern University and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have brought a dozen talented developers into journalism over the last several years. Successful as these scholarships have been, the program could benefit only those technologists who were able to take a year out of their lives to study journalism in Medill’s full-time master’s degree program. Now that’s changed: Money from the Knight

Plotting a course and finding direction for a new podcasting project

Since joining Knight Lab as student fellows in April, Michael Martinez and I have been thinking about podcasting technology and online audio in hopes that a project idea would emerge. We’re obviously not alone. The last 12 months have seen the rise of highly popular shows like Serial and advanced mobile or in-car “podcatching” platforms. Just last week, podcasts marked another milestone when President Obama appeared on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. Unfortunately, a

How the Washington Post used data and natural language processing to get people to read more news

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In April, Washington Post announced that it had set a new single-month traffic record, with more than 52 million unique visitors. The figure represented not only a new record, but also a 65 percent year-over-year gain that led other big-name publishers, according to the Post. Publisher Frederick J. Ryan praised the addition of new editorial staffers and awards, and then called special attention to engagement: While unique visitors were up 65 percent, pageviews