A Story Told Well: NPR’s Borderland
NPR recently launched a special series, Borderland, in which Steven Inskeep traveled along the entire 2,428 mile border between the U.S. and Mexico to report on the nuances of immigration and the relationship between the two countries. Here are the radio stories, which are so worth listening to if this is an issue that you’ve had a hard time wrapping your mind around, or not seen fantastic reporting on before. And here is the stunning visual intro to the series, which breaks the piece down into 12 stories complete with moving characters, all the numbers (presented very digestibly) and a lot of context.
How we mapped the U.S.-Mexico border fence
CIR journalists spent more than three years trying to obtain accurate, detailed mapping data showing the location of the border fence system.
The result: We now have what is – as far as we know – the most complete and detailed map of the border fence that is publicly available.
Our Senior News Applications Developer Michael Corey explains how we did it.
What are the implications of apps like Whisper and Secret for journalism? Nieman Lab takes a look at how some journalists are using anonymous secret-sharing apps.
Encryption may seem a stretch as a press freedom issue, far from what concerned the Founding Fathers when they enshrined the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Yet a free press operates best when the public can make reading decisions without fear that their government — or anyone capable of doing them harm — is looking over their shoulder.
Richard Koci Hernandez, ONA Board Member and Assistant Professor, New Media at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, hates the ineffective design of boarding passes, so he has his students redesign them to improve their functionality and aesthetic.
This assignment is one of many great ideas highlighted in 100 Things I’m Learning at 2014 Journalism Interactive by Dan Reimold.
Of the top operational newsroom editors and managers of your homepage, mobile, video, graphics, and visuals teams, how many are on your masthead?
One of 26 awkward questions to ask news organizations about the move to digital, suggested by Raju Narisetti, senior vice president of strategy at News Corp,
Other important topics raised include media diversity, approaches to advertising, the number and role of developers, performance markers and audience behavior.
Tech’s biggest companies say that recruiting women is a priority. “If we do that, there’s no question we’ll more than double the rate of technology output in the world,” Larry Page, the chief executive of Google, said last spring. Yet at Google, less than a fifth of the engineers are women.
That’s a typical figure. Twenty percent of software developers are women, according to the Labor Department, and fewer than 6 percent of engineers are black or Hispanic. Comparatively, 56 percent of people in business and financial-operations jobs are women, as are 36 percent of physicians and surgeons and one-third of lawyers.
At tech start-ups, often considered the most desirable places to work, the number of women appears to be even lower. The companies generally don’t release these numbers publicly, but an engineer at Pinterest has collected data from people at 133 start-ups and found that an average of 12 percent of the engineers are women.
Congratulations to the 12 winners of ONA’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education!
Each university will receive $35,000 for live news experiments that bridge journalism education, community engagement and local news, thanks to Knight Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Democracy Fund, and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
Learn more about the winning projects, the 13 honorable mentions, and and what we’re looking for so you can be ready for the next round of funding.