Tag: documents

by Jonathan Stray

Before computers, all document-driven stories started with a big stack of paper. Often, the first task was to organize all that paper, by sorting individual documents into piles by type. This gives journalists a high-level idea of “what’s in there” and helps them decide what to read more closely — and just as importantly, what […] more »

by Jonathan Stray

Overview produces intricate visualizations of large document sets — beautiful, but what do they mean? These visualizations are saying something about the documents, which you can interpret if you know a little about how they’re plotted. Same documents, different visualizations There are two visualizations in the current prototype version of Overview, and both are based […] 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

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

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

How are you handling primary source material on your website? OaklandLocal is summarizing a new report on a shootout in March that left five people dead. They use Scribd to embed reports directly on their site, but can’t provide annotations. California Watch is looking at what campaign season generosity bought for agribusiness in the Sacramento-San […] more »

by Aaron Presnall

We at the Jefferson Institute began our experience as a 2009 Knight News Challenge winner with one of the more exciting and misunderstood elements of the grant cycle: monitoring and evaluation (M&E). When done properly, M&E begins with the grantee setting out clearly the objectives of the grant, the activities necessary to achieve the objectives, […] more »