Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

online news

may
22
2012

News Apps

A bit of work news: NPR is spinning up a News Apps team. This will be an interdisciplinary group of data journalists, designers and developers which will work on projects across NPR.org, NPR Music, Planet Money, StateImpact, stations, etc. Management …

jan
30
2012

Wrangling Election Data With Google Tools

WNYC developer John Keefe has some great tutorials on how to use various Google Tools to process / display elections data. Instead of building a database, he uses Google Fusion Tables. When the Data’s Free: For the Iowa Caucuses (and …

oct
31
2011

Datavis and Journalism

An interesting lecture from Amanda Cox of the New York Times at the Eyeo Festival earlier this year: (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on Vimeo.) Data visualization should probably play a slightly different role in journalism …

oct
14
2011

When Maps Shouldn’t Be Maps | Matthew Ericson

The NYT graphics director writes, “But sometimes the reflexive impulse to map the data can make you forget that showing the data in another form might answer other — and sometimes more important — questions.”

jul
19
2011

A real-time, geotagged Flickr map? Here’s how. | 10,000 Words

This is ridiculously, embarrassingly easy. Awesome. “When reporters are in the field with their smartphones and they have a story to tell where both photo and location are vital, a stream of Flickr photos imported into a Google Map will do the trick.”

jun
03
2010

may
10
2010

Links: U.K. Election

UK election results map | Politics | guardian.co.uk The Guardian's recent take on presenting election results (tags: webdesign onlinenews politics election2010) BBC NEWS | Election 2010 | Results | United Kingdom - National Results The BBC's recent take on presenting …

jul
22
2009

The New NPR.org

NPR’s Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday, introduces NPR.org’s redesign, coming this Monday, June 27: (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on YouTube.) More About the Redesign »

jan
28
2009

online news, circa 1981

This circa-1981 San Francisco local news report about an experimental new online news service is a bit of a freakout. My, how things have changed. Or not, even. Newscaster: Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning …

nov
21
2007

(don't) give up on vista

Apple has a rather ballsy advertising campaign (Quicktime movie) right now in which they’re seemingly taunting Microsoft about problems users are having with its Windows Vista operating system. They’ve upped the ante with an ad buy on CNet’s guide to …

nov
14
2007

msnbc redesign

MSNBC.com just launched a redesign this week, including some personalization / customization functionality on the homepage. From a purely design perspective, though, I like the new look. It’s clean, there’s a clear visual hierarchy and they’ve done a lot with …

aug
23
2007

pants on fire

I’m generally not a huge fan of animated gifs — except when they’re done well. And this “Pants on Fire” graphic, part of the “Truth-o-Meter” at PolitiFact.com, is near-genius. I love the attitude and sheer ballsiness of it — especially …

jul
19
2007

newspaper web site redesigns

Three newspaper Web sites have launched or previewed redesigns recently: MaineToday.com this month launched a redesign homepage. (Pointed out on Poynter’s Online-News listerv.) The Baltimore Sun this week introduced a new look. The design is pretty clean and straightforward, and …

jun
01
2007

cnn beta

CNN.com recently debuted a beta version of their forthcoming redesign, and the more I click through it, the more I like it. It’s beautifully lean — clean, simple, easy to navigate and not weighted down by a ton of extraneous …

feb
23
2007

apple pro

The Multimedia staff at washingtonpost.com (including some of my soccer teammates!) got some love from Apple this month, in the form of a feature profile on Apple’s site about how they use Apple products. Projects featured in the video: Being …

nov
15
2006

calm after the storm

Was the election really a whole week ago? The three weeks leading up to the election — and the week before in particular — my work life revolved around the elections, and my personal mantra was a countdown to Election …

apr
13
2006

miami converged

There are changes afoot at the Miami Herald and miamiherald.com. In a memo to staffers yesterday, executive editor Tom Fiedler had some interesting things to say about the relationship between the newspaper and the Web site. I have two messages …

apr
02
2006

brand x

nytimes.com just launched a pretty massive redesign. Fasciminating. One completely minor thing that struck me as interesting: I really like their choice of the words “Today’s Paper” (instead of “Print Edition”) to describe the section that archives the contents of …

mar
20
2006

what's the url?

This Zits comic seems to have it about right about reading newspaper articles. (Thanks to Tanya for the link.)

feb
18
2006

heard: medium

Waiting for my hot chocolate at the Java Shack this afternoon, I heard a man complain to his companions that he disliked reading the print version of The Washington Post because the experience was too much like a “Choose Your …