Tag: newsrooms

by Trevor Knoblich

In my previous post, I argued that established, traditional newsrooms tend to be most comfortable accepting citizen reporting or user-generated content during a large-scale, widespread emergency event. In these circumstances, newsrooms often accept photo and video submissions from the public, or even seek them out on Instagram, Vine or Twitter. Professional journalists or editors may [...] more »

by Ryan Graff

This post was written by Ryan Graff of the Knight News Innovation Lab and originally appeared on the Lab’s blog. Over the past few months something unusual has happened to public data projects: They’ve made national headlines. For journalists, the most well-known project was the gun permit holder map the Journal News in White Plains, [...] more »

by Dan Schultz

The planets have finally aligned on one of my early assignments at The Boston Globe. The project is called Quizzler, and it is by no means going to change anything. It’s a quiz system — something the producers ultimately want because it will generate page views. It has been done. This post is not about [...] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

Eleven months ago, we began prototyping PANDA. The PANDA project aims to make basic data analysis quick and easy for news organizations, and make data sharing simple. I hacked for a month on an experimental version, verified that our technology choices worked, and then threw it out and started over. Since that time, development has [...] more »

by Joe Germuska

First and foremost: Thanks to our early users for helping us make [PANDA](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2011/08/panda-aims-to-make-data-analysis-easier-for-journalists-and-well-be-at-ona237.html) better! At the [NICAR conference](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2012/02/journo-coders-take-nicar-12-to-a-whole-new-level059.html) in St. Louis, we helped almost two dozen PANDA servers enter the world in less than an hour. We’re hoping this is a sign that we’ve made PANDA easy enough for many newsrooms to install. Plus, our [...] more »

by Nicola Hughes

There’s a wonderful magic wand that every member of a digital newsroom wants to get their hands on. Take control and you can work wonders, untangle the world wide web of information, and even decrease your workload to fit in that extra cup of coffee. “What is this wand?” you ask, and “How can I [...] more »

by Dan Sinker

This week I’ve spent a lot of time writing about the opportunities that lie at the intersection of open-source philosophies and journalism. Today the “thinking out loud” stops, and the “making it happen” begins. And that begins with the announcement of the 2011/12 Knight-Mozilla fellows. But before I get to that, a quick background: In [...] more »

by Christopher Groskopf

The first PANDA task officially checked off our to-do list was the drafting of our Future Users Survey. We distributed a link to the survey via Twitter, the NICAR-L mailing list and email. The PANDA project aims to make basic data analysis quick and easy for news organizations, and make data sharing simple. The survey [...] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

The journalism industry ships lemons every day. Our newsrooms have a massive quality control problem. According to the best counts we have, more than half of stories contain mistakes — and only 3 percent of those errors are ever fixed. Errors small and large litter the mediascape, and each uncorrected one undermines public trust in [...] more »

by Scott Rosenberg

Jonathan Stray has opened a new conversation about measuring accuracy in news reports. Stray, who works at the Associated Press and blogs on the side, comes at the issue with a refreshingly analytical, data-driven perspective. His in-depth post, which I urge you to read, does a couple of things. It summarizes important research: There seems [...] more »