Amanda Hickman

by Amanda Hickman

Spot.Us founder David Cohn has convened a virtual carnival: He’s posing monthly questions that he’d like to see journalists take a stab at answering. The latest: how do we diversify the news ecosystem? He put it differently — “Considering your unique circumstances, what steps can be taken to increase the number of news sources?” — [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

Gail Robinson’s recent post on traffic in a post-loyal era got me thinking about measures of web traffic and, more broadly, how to measure the impact of non-profit journalism. I certainly don’t disagree with Gotham Gazette decision to pass on providing Yahoo with free content. There’s no good reason that Yahoo can’t create a lively [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

When we embarked on the DocumentCloud project, tools for altering documents were the furthest thing from our minds. After all, a responsible journalist doesn’t tweak source documents! But one of the first papers to embed material using DocumentCloud needed to do just that. The Chicago Tribune accompanied their coverage of a troubled foster home with [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

Planning to spend the long weekend finalizing your Knight News Challenge application? It’s too late for my favorite bit of advice (“don’t wait until the last minute!”), but as someone who’s been involved with three different winning projects, I like to fancy that I’ve got got some insight into what makes a good project. A [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

When we make lists of the kinds of source documents users can upload to DocumentCloud, they can get pretty long. DocumentCloud is court filings, hearing transcripts, testimony, legislation, lab reports, memos, meeting minutes, correspondence. I can say with absolute confidence that in all of our planning, “ballots” never once came up as the sort of [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

ProPublica used DocumentCloud to develop an excellent story they published Friday. I’d planned to write it up, but Krista Kjellman Schmidt, the news applications editor who worked on the story, put it much better than I ever could have. Here’s the opening of her post: On Oct. 8, we published an investigation examining how a [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

Since we last updated readers on DocumentCloud’s progress, we’ve made it much easier to upload a lot of documents at once, and introduced a related documents search that uses data about names and places provided by OpenCalais to find documents that are probably related to the one you’re looking at. We’ve also added a bit [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

We opened the DocumentCloud floodgates less than six months ago and we’re still working hard to make DocumentCloud a better tool. We’re rolling out improvements at a healthy clip including SSL support, better documentation, and support for cross-newsroom collaboration. We continue to listen to feedback from our really incredible crop of beta testers (who now [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

I recently attended the Investigative Reporters and Editors 2010 conference and ended up talking with Astrid Gynnild, a post doctoral research associate in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen in Norway. She’s researching collaborations in investigative journalism. I showed her some of my favorites: The Los Angeles Times, [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

Brainstorming the next brilliant News Challenge project? I’ve got two for you, and you’ve got until fall to noodle over them. As the program director for DocumentCloud I spend a lot of time talking to journalists, writers and researchers about what DocumentCloud is and, often, what it isn’t. DocumentCloud is great for documents. It is [...] more »