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Caroline O'Donovan    Aug. 19, 2013

Twitter announced a new feature today aimed at surfacing “the stories behind a tweet.” If a tweet has been embedded into a news story, those headlines (and seemingly, other relevant headlines as well) will be displayed below the tweet. For example: This year when NBA center Jason Collins became the first NBA player to publicly…

Caroline O'Donovan    May 23, 2013

The Pew Research Center launched a new blog earlier this week that’s supposed to provide Pew-quality data and information at a real-time pace. It’s called Fact Tank, and it will be a home for what Pew calls it’s “unique brand of data journalism.” Since Tuesday, they’ve written up data snapshots on topics like Secretary of…

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Chris Amico    April 24, 2013

To understand how politics works in China, you have to understand guanxi: the web of interpersonal relationships, alliances, and influence underlying the one-party system. The best way to see how this works is Connected China. Built over 18 months by a team of reporters and researchers in Hong Kong and Fathom Design in Boston, the…

Knight Prototype Fund winner Hollaback helps women who have been sexually harassed in public report their experience to city officials
Caroline O'Donovan    March 7, 2013

The Knight Prototype Fund has announced eight new grant winners, ranging from a data platform to monitor street harassment to a tool to better assemble video of breaking news events. Debuting last summer, the prototype fund’s aim is to provide small, targeted bursts of funding — limited to $50,000 — in order for ideas with…

Joshua Benton    Jan. 22, 2013

Josh Sternberg at Digiday on the new wave of mobile-first news apps (Circa, NowThis News, Summly): The rise of mobile-only, if not mobile-first, publications could be a boon to the digital media landscape. And while the business models of mobile outlets may be based on the traditional, if outdated, ones of CPMs, the times are…

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Justin Ellis    Aug. 3, 2012

The Times’ “quick links” allow writers to better illustrate parts of a story through pop-up multimedia within an article.

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Andrew Phelps    July 24, 2012

The website finally centralizes a loose but vibrant community of news coders.

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Justin Ellis    Jan. 23, 2012

Thinking about the sheer volume of information — stories, images, videos, data — available from The New York Times can evoke a simultaneous glee and terror. For readers, it’s a tip-of-the-iceberg thing: Yes, on a day-to-day basis you have access to the news and a decades-spanning archive, but you’re not seeing anything close to all of it. Beta620, the Times experimental projects group, is trying to find a better way to make the newspaper’s information more readily available — both to readers and to the Times itself. Their latest stab at the problem is something they’re calling Deep Dive, a project that aims to give readers a richer, more nuanced understanding of stories.

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Joshua Benton    Nov. 9, 2011

I noted yesterday that Wired was releasing its future staff-shot photos under a Creative Commons license. They’re choosing a “noncommercial” license, but they specifically state that editorial use (by bloggers, websites, or even print publishers) doesn’t count as commercial use in their eyes. What exactly constitutes commercial use is a controversial topic in Creative Commons circles — but I forgot to mention one small controversy from a few months ago that I think sheds some light on the debate.