links for 2007-10-19
Designing Journalism for Discovery and Engagement — The Local News Lab — Medium “Later in his commentary Ragusea touches on transparency: “just trust me I know what I’m talking about doesn’t work anymore, even if you are trustworthy and you do know what you’re talking about,” he says. “It’s like math problems in school: it is not enough to get the right answer you have to show your work.” Since at least 2011 in journalism developer circles show your work has been a mantra, and it is slowly spreading to other parts of the newsroom. Ragusea argues that Thompson’s idea of discovery is important not because “people enjoy watching their hero sleuth chase down a mystery” but because nobody will believe you anymore when you “report a bunch of facts, even if you explain where you got them from. You have to show how you got them.” Show, don’t tell. It’s writing 101 and it is the basic idea of active versus passive transparency. I like putting the emphasis on active transparency, in part, because it reinforces the idea of journalism as a process not a product.” tags: weekly journalism active tweet How to Protect Your Personal Data—and Humanity—From the Government – The Atlantic ” There are so many ghosts in our machines—their locations so hidden, their methods so ingenious, […]
A Map Of All The Divorces – On The Media “Is this someone who thinks that marriages are ruined because of environmental factors, and wants to avoid those environments? Or someone who really wants to date a divorcee, and is looking for the greatest concentration of them? Or is it someone who wants to know the best place to launch their divorce-themed business (shared-custody calendars, studio apartment rentals)? Also, even if this person exists, anywhere, this data would be useless to them. Patch’s divorce map shows divorces as a raw number, rather than divorces-per-capita.” tags: data journalism weekly mapping divorce My Heart Feeds a Series of Tubes – an ode to Yahoo Pipes tags: data pipes yahoo weekly tweet Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
Australian floods lowered global sea levels (Wired UK) “The vast amounts of rain that fell during the Australian floods in 2010 and 2011 caused the world’s sea levels to drop by as much as 7mm, according to oceanographers. In 2010, sea levels mysteriously dropped by 7mm and stayed lower than expected for a year and a half. Oceanographers attempted to work out where the water had gone; they found it in Australia. In most places on the globe, rain falls on mountains, runs into rivers and flows out into the sea. But in Australia, something different tends to happen. Rain that falls in the outback never makes it to the coast — it tends to collect in shallow inland seas and evaporate instead.” tags: weekly rain water ocean math wcydwt australian floods sea levels A New Era of Biological Warfare › ScienceZest “Dilger’s footmen and allies used liquid bacterial cultures of B. mallei to infect equines just before they were shipped to European ports. This was no easy task. Glanders can be transmitted to humans and a number of men with boils all over their faces would not only be suspicious, it would also reduce the flow of volunteers. The deadly bacteria had to be packed so that an untrained man could handle them safely, pour them into fodder, or jab […]