Erik Hinton

Erik Hinton is an interactive news developer at The New York Times. Before that he worked for Talking Points Memo where a great cast of characters showed him the ropes. Erik enjoys programming in Haskell, studying analytic philosophy, writing experimental fiction for no one's enjoyment at all and finding ever-stranger ways to exercise.


How journalists can use Backbone to create data-driven projects

Single page apps are great solutions for data journalism. By offloading the complexity from backends and servers, journalists can build rich programs and graphics out of just Javascript, HTML and CSS. In fact, these “backends” can shrink to a vanishing point. We can use Twitter in place of a database. Or we can get even simpler and store (static) data in JS/JSON/XML files.

We can make news apps without having to touch a server or write any Ruby, Python or PHP. This is important. It allows data journalists to focus on developing their stories instead of configuring servers. The time and effort to launch an interactive application is reduced to the point where it becomes feasible for journalistic outlets of all sizes to make applications for both long-term pieces and breaking news.

Using JavaScript frameworks to manage one-page apps

There is something of a disconnect between traditional software development models and those of deadline-driven news. Read more

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