Amanda Hickman

by Amanda Hickman

Starting from scratch, where would you start? Last Friday was my last day as program director of DocumentCloud, a catalog of primary source documents and a tool for annotating, organizing and publishing them on the web. I’ve got a few more talks lined up (I’ll be showing off DocumentCloud at SEJ in Miami and talking […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

I hopped down to New Orleans this week, to tell even more journalists about DocumentCloud, a catalog of primary source documents and a tool for annotating, organizing and publishing them on the web, and had the opportunity to sit down with The Lens’ Ariella Cohen and Steve Beatty. Steve is doing some great work on […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

As DocumentCloud settles into our comfy, new home in Missouri, we’re quite pleased to welcome Ted Han aboard as our new lead developer. Though our prior lead developer, Jeremy Ashkenas, has moved to a full-time position at The New York Times, he continues to be an active and enthusiastic contributor to DocumentCloud’s open-source tools and […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

When President Obama released his birth certificate and dozens of news organizations turned to DocumentCloud to present it to their readers, I snarked a bit. Though the birth certificate did prompt a few questions — which we’re still navigating — about the best way to handle duplicate uploads, the secret truth was we were both […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

DocumentCloud is beyond delighted to announce we’ve found a long-term home for our project. We’re merging our operation with Investigative Reporters and Editors, a non-profit grassroots organization committed to fostering excellence in investigative journalism. This transition means that DocumentCloud, a catalog of primary source documents and a tool for annotating, organizing and publishing them on […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

Embedding notes makes it even easier for reporters to bring source documents right into the story. One of DocumentCloud’s primary goals is to make it simpler for news organizations to show their work — to invite readers to review the very same documents the journalists used to draw the conclusions in their reporting. The latest […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

As we watched traffic stats skyrocket last month as newsroom after newsroom uploaded President Obama’s birth certificate to DocumentCloud and then embedded it, my reaction was hardly one of joy. Why on Earth is a birth certificate more interesting than, say, the pages and pages of receipts documenting some outrageous meals (15 steaks, two orders […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) announced their medal winners this week, and we were impressed to see that both winners wove DocumentCloud into their winning reporting. Since 1979, IRE has honored outstanding investigative work with their annual awards. This year they honored a Los Angeles Times series on outrageous salaries in one of California’s poorest […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

We quietly opened DocumentCloud’s catalog to public searches in January, and we’ve been working since to do more with the great documents that reporters have added to our catalog. When Vancouver Sun investigative reporter Chad Skelton asked if there was a way to automate display of the growing cache of documents he was retrieving from […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

DocumentCloud’s Jeremy Ashkenas collaborated on this post. It has been less than a year since DocumentCloud began adding users to our beta. Late Monday morning, a user uploaded our millionth page of primary source documents. The thousands of documents in our catalog have arrived in small batches: five pages here, twenty there. The vast majority […] more »