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What I read this week

I spent Saturday morning closing tabs in my browser. Here’s what was interesting and good. Local news Charting the years-long decline of local news reporting Paul Farhi March 26, 2014 “[L]ocal news has become a tough sell, especially online. It’s not that people aren’t interested in their communities — local news usually ranks as the […]

Computer code that writes stories

It’s about the power of code, and it’s also about a UF J-school alum, Ken Schwencke (JM – 2009), who works on the Data Desk at the Los Angeles Times. Whenever there’s an earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sends out email alerts. Schwencke set up an email account to receive those emails. This past Monday, an email landed in […]

Code for journalists, or why journalists should learn code

Friday I was visiting the Center for Collaborative Journalism, and I watched director Tim Regan-Porter teaching a class called Hacking the Media. In it, about 12 students were learning to do something with Ruby on Rails. Some of the students were journalism majors. Others were from engineering or technical communication. They told the visitors how the […]

Election 2012 maps: Showing data

This was the first U.S. presidential election in the post-Flash era. In 2008, data maps were made with Flash. Now the online mapmakers have moved on to other technologies, largely using JavaScript. Here are three examples, with a full view and a zoom of each: WNYC Radio, New York: LA Times/AP: Huffington Post, Visual.ly: The […]

5 examples of interesting data presentations

What do we mean when we say, “Data can tell a story,” or “Stories can be found in data”? (Click the image to view the project.) Above: From the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Pew Research Center. (More info.) Above: From OpenSlate, a market research firm; reported by Fruzsina Eördögh, at ReadWriteWeb. Above: […]

Programming and journalism students: A conversation

I think it’s pretty cool to use Storify to sort out the threads of a bunch of simultaneous conversations on Twitter: [View the story “Programming and journalism students: A conversation” on Storify] Please join in — on Twitter, on Facebook, or here.

Data Journalism Examples

I created a Storify (below) for participants in a recent workshop about data journalism. The purpose is to enable them to explore the subject further on their own. You can compare the original version at the Storify site. To make it appear in this post, I simply embedded (not “Export”) the code from Storify. When […]