Tag: code

by Dan Sinker

Community is at the core of what we do at Knight-Mozilla OpenNews—helping to build and strengthen the community of people writing code in journalism. And community is a big part of what has made Mozilla successful—the global community of contributors that has helped to build the Firefox web browser. Community is also at the core […] more »

by Suyeon Son

This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. Knight Lab’s Rebecca Lai watches me type every letter of a long file name — something like pythonreallylongfilename1234567.py — into Sublime. After the first couple letters, she cannot contain herself. “TAB COMPLETE! TAB COMPLETE!” If there’s an apt analogy for the way Lai must feel […] more »

by Dan Sinker

This is it. There are only five days remaining to apply to become a 2014 Knight-Mozilla Fellow. If you love to code, want to make a difference in journalism, and want to see the world while you do it, you only have until August 17 to apply. All this week our six amazing news partners […] more »

by Dan Sinker

I sent an e-mail from a hotel room in Berlin in September of last year, while completely blitzed out from jet lag. In it, I mentioned the idea of putting together a site that could serve as a center-point for a lot of the amazing code being written in the journalism community. The response I […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

Throughout the planning process for the State Decoded project, I have made the basic assumption that the primary source of traffic for the software would be from search engines. People typing in things like “boundary law in kentucky” or “grand larceny illinois bad checks,” would be led directly to the law in question, presented within […] more »

by Dan Sinker

Way back in November, as the ideas that led to Knight-Mozilla’s OpenNews relaunch were starting to be articulated, I wrote about the need for something to “shine a spotlight” on the code being written in journalism: I think that there’s real work to be done in advocating for, shining a spotlight on, and helping to […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

There is a common belief that since laws are the result of legislation, then surely one can automatically assemble an amended version of the code based on the bills that have passed the legislature. This is both a really cool idea and a wrong one. Your standard narrative of how a bill becomes law doesn’t […] more »

by Jake Shapiro

Early on in PRX’s history we faced a critical decision. Do we outsource the development and maintenance of our main web application, or take the plunge and bring all coding in-house and become a technology-driven company? We took the plunge, and since then have grown an award-winning tech team, responsible not only for PRX’s web-based […] more »

by Dan Sinker

Last week, the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership invited 20 developers, designers, and journalists to take part in a week of hacking and making in Berlin. I forget at what point in the planning one of the participants jokingly called it “Hacktoberfest,” but the name stuck. And so now that the jet lag has worn off […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

A few of you have been wondering what we’ve been up to since our Kickstarter pledge drive ended, so we want to give you a quick update on our Knight-funded project, LocalWiki. For those of you who are more technically inclined, we hope to also provide an insight into these early stages of our process. […] more »