@andymboyle not every piece of journalism software is a public-facing news app built on deadline. — jonathanstray (@jonathanstray) December 21, 2011
Introduction to open-source GIS tools for journalists: GIS software is expensive, right? Wait, there are open source GIS tools now? And Matt Wynn wrote up a few for Poynter? Let me mash my mouse on that link…
Fancy open source timelines from spreadsheets: TimelineSetter: Easy Timelines From Spreadsheets, Now Open to All. It’s Ruby and it’s from ProPublica and it’s elegant.
News to me: There’s a growing series of side businesses attached to Instagram. This reminds me of early Flickr API toys, and naturally, of the Twitter developer community. Here’s the link that’s been circulating this week: 10 Totally New Ways to Play with Instagram.
Over at the Knight News Challenge blog, I’ve contributed a short list of tips on dealing with developers and choosing a platform for your project: “3. Hire human beings, not a programming language or Web framework. Unless you’re doing the programming yourself, stay focused on your end goal and steer clear of mandating how the […]
ReportingOn 2.0 is live and ready for your questions. And answers. It’s still the backchannel for your beat, but it’s an absolute re-imagining of the network. For those of you who haven’t been keeping score, ReportingOn is a project funded by the Knight News Challenge, and it’s a place for journalists of all stripes to […]
Over at IdeaLab, I’ve posted an update on what’s going on with ReportingOn, which is to say, there’s not much going on with ReportingOn. For now. My Knight News Challenge-funded project to connect journalists on the same topical beat with their peers launched on October 1. I continued development work on it through the month […]
If you’re anything like me, you’re not really a Web developer by trade, but you push around a little bit of code on an extremely regular basis. And often, it’s the same little bits of code over and over again. And every time you need to use it, you go flipping through text files, Google […]
I was struck by a few things in Howard Weaver’s post announcing that he’s leaving McClatchy — and journalism — at the end of the year. For one thing, Howard’s a damn fine writer. I haven’t agreed with everything he’s said or done as I’ve followed his blog for the last couple years, but I […]
Aron Pilhofer of nytimes.com on the hardware, software, and costs associated with building the best interactive data projects in the news business: Everything we use is free and open-source. Our platform is Ruby on Rails backed by Mysql databases running on Ubuntu servers. The cost here isn’t software, or even hardware, which is relatively cheap […]