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NICAR16: They’re coming for us: How platforms shape the way we tell stories

One of the recurring themes of NICAR was how graphics reporters and news apps developers are grappling with new distribution platforms like Facebook Instant Articles, Google AMP and even Snapchat. There is no one canonical version of a graphic. Instead, you might create different versions of it for different platforms: a fancy D3 interaction for the mobile web, a fun GIF for Twitter and a static image for Facebook Instant Articles. One of

30 tabs deep — How can we build a tool to track our journeys around the Internet?

These days curiosity is likely to lead you on a long trek through the depths of the Internet. You read one article and you stop at a shiny hyperlink that screams, “click me!” Before you know it, you are 30 tabs deep and way off topic. I value these journeys for the unexpected treasures that lie along the way, but sometimes the connection of that treasure to your origin isn’t clear. Though you

MozFest 2015: Why data visualization for mobile shouldn’t hurt

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As data journalists, we tend to focus on visualizing our numbers beautifully for desktops. We pour over D3.js line charts and spend hours getting the tooltips on our maps just right. And right before our deadlines, we’ll throw in some CSS media queries for mobile screens and call it a day. I know I’ve been a culprit more than once. One of my favorite sessions was Aaron William’s MozFest session “Crafting new visualization

Behind the dialect map interactive: How an intern created The New York Times’ most popular piece of content in 2013

How do you create the most popular piece of content of the year at one of the nation’s most prestigious news outlet? Well, for starters, study or consider careers in politics, law, and philosophy before eventually deciding that statistics is for you. Then apply to grad school and while you’re there dig in to some intriguing data that Harvard researchers had published 10 years prior, apply some stats and smart algorithms, post your

Tasneem Raja on growing an interactive news team, skill-sharing and smart approaches to data

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Meeting the lovely Tasneem Raja was the highlight of my week in Austin during 2012’s South by Southwest Interactive Conference. Formerly a staff writer at The Chicago Reader and the news apps editor at The Bay Citizen, she is now an editor at Mother Jones leading their interactive storytelling team. She is kind, tremendously witty and scary smart. In fact, Tasneem is perhaps best known outside of the news nerd circle for brilliantly writing about the “Brogrammer” problem and sexism in Silicon Valley and about being a woman in the video game industry last year. Read on to learn about her adventures in the MoJo newsroom, how she manages an interactive news team and her approach to knowledge-sharing between teams of journalists …