Rich Gordon’s hierarchy of database journalism: must-read for anyone trying to figure out where to start parsing. via Squared.
“When I went looking for an intern to do mostly technical tasks for us at washingtonpost.com, I didn’t even bother with the local journalism departments. I found a computer science major instead.”
Via Jacob Kaplan-Moss on the Online News list.
A cookbook for Computer Assisted Reporting. via The Scoop.
“…newspapers will need to change their attitudes, culture and resource allocation if they want these people to stick around. Otherwise, they’ll pack their bags after a couple of months and go work for Google.”
Great rundown of an NYT database-based story that connects contributions to judge’s election campaigns with their verdicts. Duplicatable in other states.
Some quick tips on searching for useful databases, including the Occam’s Razor approach of googling .xls files.
Maps mashup with campaign finance data. Drool.
Lots and lots of news research data, raw for your formatting needs.
A real live example of distributed journalism in action. You, too, can pore over Congressional documents. Seriously, you can help. Check it out.