Anna Codrea-Rado

Anna Codrea-Rado is the Tow Center’s Digital Media Associate. A recent graduate from Columbia Journalism School, Anna writes about all things digital, from tech to techno. She previously worked as a community manager at Guardian News and Media and before that, as an editorial assistant for an alumni magazine in London.

Announcements

Sandy Hook and Beyond: Live Blog

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Follow our coverage of the co-hosted Dart Center and Tow Center symposium on Sandy Hook, breaking news and trauma.

Announcements, Tips & Tutorials

Data Journalism Resources

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A collection of online resources about data journalism:

The Data Journalism Handbook

 Jonathan Stray’s Computational Journalism Class. Journalism and Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong, Spring 2013

+ Brian Boyer, Hacker Journalism 101

+ Online Book: The New Precision Journalism, Philip Meyer

The Tech Data Journalism Bootcamp, Civic Media Lab, MIT

The School of Data

+ The Data Journalism Developer Studio. The Google Group and on GitHub

The Reporters Lab, Tools, Techniques and Research for Public Affairs Reporting. Sarah Cohen’s and now Tyler Dukes’

+ Facts Are Sacred: The Power of Data, Simon Rogers

+ Journalism in the Age of Data

+ ProPublica’s News App and Data Guides

Announcements, How It's Made, Tips & Tutorials

News App and Data Guides from ProPublica

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Coding the news now has a manifesto. ProPublica’s developers launched a series of news application guides, including a coding manifesto, this morning. The guides, which all live on GitHub, are intended to give insight into the programming ethos of the non-profit investigative journalism outfit. As the manifesto says, “We’re not making any general statements about anything beyond the environment we know: Doing journalism on deadline with code.”

Scott Klein, Jeff Larson and Jennifer LaFleur wrote the guides, which include a news app style guide, a data check-list and a design guide. These resources add to the ever-growing community of news application developers, many of whom are actively blogging about and sharing their working processes.

Read all the guides here.

Announcements, Between the Spreadsheets

Pew Center to Launch Data Blog

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The Pew Research Center is launching a data blog. The nonpartisan think tank is currently recruiting a senior writer to lead this new project which will produce editorial content based on the data Pew produces, president Alan Murray said.

In the job description advertising the role, the project is described as “the organization’s first data-centric blog covering a range of topics, from politics and economic policy to digital habits to demographic shifts.” (more…)

Coverage Areas

Tow on gun permit data

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The question of whether the Journal News should have published an interactive map with addresses of gun permit owners in New York State, has sparked significant media debate. Writing in CJR, Susan McGregor tackles the issue from the data journalistic perspective, questioning the whether in the manner in which Journal News handled the data.

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CU Community

Tow is hiring!

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The Tow Center is hiring a research administrator.

The research administrator will work closely with the Director and the Associate Research Director on the management of grant funds, research support for Tow projects, and day-to-day administrative tasks related to the grants, the Tow website, and Tow events.

The position is a one year temporary appointment, with the possibility of renewal up to a second year.

The ideal candidate will manage grant funds and process. Manage spending and ensures compliance with terms and restrictions for ongoing, proposed and new initiatives. Work closely with PI’s, funders, finance and budget managers to review budget proposals, submissions and revisions. Write and review grant proposals and reports.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Between the Spreadsheets

Blogging data

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The outlets that consistently produce innovative and compelling pieces of data journalism are also starting to explain how they’re producing them. Developers at the Guardian, The New York Times, the Daily Beast, and ProPublica all maintain blogs that run through the process of making interactives. Like any good blog, they have distinct focuses, strong voices, and they engage directly with the community they serve: the ever-expanding band of news application developers.

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Past Events

Video of Post-Industrial Journalism report panel

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Watch a recording of the panel discussion from the launch of the Post-Industrial Journalism report launch. (more…)

CU Community, The Tow Center

What can journalism learn from computer science?

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Journalism needs an algorithm. That’s not to say machines should replace reporters, but that reporters should be thinking more like machines: systematically. From computer programs that automate news stories, to data-driven narratives and mobile app development — journalism’s relationship with computer science is becoming ever more involved. Integrating technology into journalism, however, doesn’t simply mean installing Excel on newsroom computers, or teaching journalism students basic HTML and CSS. Applying core computing concepts to reporting and story telling can not only improve journalists’ production efficiency, but also shape their narratives. (more…)

CU Community

Columbia University and Reuters to work on Advanced Data Visualization Project

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Columbia University and Thomson Reuters announced the launch of the Advanced Data Visualization Project (ADVP) based at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). The initiative, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, will facilitate research into data visualization and its implications for academia and industry in a world increasingly awash with data.

Read the full Reuters press release here.

 

(Photo: AP /Diane Bondareff)