Tag: journalists

by Miguel Paz

It’s time to transform open data from a trendy concept among policy wonks and news nerds into something tangible to everyday life for citizens, businesses and grassroots organizations. Here are some ideas to help us get there: 1. Improve access to data Craig Hammer from the World Bank has tackled this issue, stating that “Open [...] more »

by Lincoln Pennington

One day during winter break, I stumbled upon an article about why professional journalists make good entrepreneurs. Reading the article was like a checklist of what I’ve experienced firsthand at Reese News Lab. While we may not have years of professional experience, student journalists have many of the same skills and habits. The author said [...] more »

by Ela Stapley

Being a journalist in Mexico is dangerous. Reporters working in states most affected by drug-related violence have seen their beat change drastically since 2006, when former Mexican President Felipe Calderón launched an offensive against organized crime. For many journalists, local news now involves reporting on turf wars, missing people and mass graves. The type of [...] more »

by Steve Wyshywaniuk

From adopting wood pulp paper to print penny-sheet newspapers in the 19th century to creating Twitter accounts to report breaking news in the 21st, journalists have long been interested in finding ways to deliver news to their readers faster and cheaper. So it’s no surprise mobile phones are seen as indispensable tools to working journalists. [...] more »

by Sandra Ordonez

A few years back, the first digital tsunami hit the journalism world, and I became fascinated with how digital was transforming the field. After conducting more than 350 interviews with diverse journalism experts, it was apparent that journalists saw the new opportunities that the digital world offered, but felt that they and journalism departments lacked the [...] more »

by Joanna Kao

Ever wanted to watch someone get a face full of pie over and over again with audio and from multiple angles? Thanks to Vine, it’s possible. The unofficial NICAR13 “pie-ing” event above was part of a Kickstarter reward for a project to create data journalism educational materials. For the $150 reward level, someone could “smash [...] more »

by Phillip Smith

I’m working on a fun little project at the moment that involves pulling data out of a Google Spreadsheet that is being curated by a team of journalists. The interesting thing about this project is that it so clearly illustrates the difference in thinking between people who regularly work with databases (herein called programmers) and [...] more »

by Eric Westervelt

Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation offers tips on how journalists can protect themselves and their sources. Photo: Dawn Garcia Truism of the day: Your digital perimeter is not secure. You know that. The question for journalists is what can you do right now to strengthen it? Are your editors and managing editors doing [...] more »

by David Cohn

Circa is not my first tango with a startup. Even before Spot.Us, the startup I am perhaps still best known for, I have been part and parcel to various projects that were “starting up” even if their aim wasn’t to build a company (i.e., conference organizing or experiments that had sunset dates like Assignment Zero). [...] more »

by Lisa Evans

History is littered with awards and accolades for those tenacious journalists who have dutifully discovered money that was spent on something it shouldn’t have been. Evidence of spending is often the ultimate proof of wrongdoing. These stories have ranged from presidential campaigns spending money on surveillance to Members of Parliament dipping into the public purse [...] more »