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Implementing SSL on Amazon S3 Static Websites

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Every day, more and more websites are serving their pages using HTTPS. This can lead to warnings or complete failures when those sites want to embed content from other sites. Until recently, that included embedding work created with Knight Lab’s TimelineJS and StoryMapJS. We recently implemented HTTPS to solve this problem, but it was less straightforward than we would have liked. Hopefully this guide will help others who are trying to do the same. Background Many of Knight

How and why NPR made 15 years worth of audio available across the web

An example of how the new embed player looks like.

Last month, NPR announced that it would make 800,000 pieces of audio available to embed across the web. While NPR has offered limited embedding since 2009, the depth and breadth of this project is new. It’s the first time that NPR will offer a single embeddable player with access to such a large amount of content. The work to design and build the player began earlier this year and was led by Patrick Cooper,

Pulitzer Prize-winning story features TimelineJS

For the second time in three years, a Pulitzer Prize-winning story has featured a piece of Knight Lab technology. On Monday, the Daily Breeze won the prize in local reporting for its work investigating California’s Centinela Valley Union High School District and its superintendent’s outsize salary. Featured prominently in the series of stories was an instance of TimelineJS, Knight Lab’s timeline building tool, which the Breeze used to highlight important events in the

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

Event recap: Kickstarter for Journalism

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On Friday, Knight Lab co-sponsored an event with Kickstarter and Cards Against Humanity, whimsically entitled “How to journalism in a Scary World if you don’t have a Fancy Grant.” The event brought together journalists and other storytellers to talk about how they’ve supported their work and the various funding models you might be able to use as well. Nicole He was on hand to make a pitch for Kickstarter, which last year launched a journalism category.

Long a challenge, Snapchat delivers crowd-sourced storytelling

In the last few months, I cheered from the sidelines of the Macy’s Day Parade, I built a kite to fly in India, I strutted the streets of New York Fashion Week and I tailgated a football game in the dead of January. All from the comfort of my bed. How did I do it? Well, I watched these events unfold via Snapchat, an app I normally reserve for sending selfies to friends. I