Megan Taylor


How journalists can use Mechanical Turk to organize data, transcribe notes

Some of what journalists do is tedious, repetitive, time-consuming and expensive to outsource. Transcribing interviews, for instance, can take up a lot of time that reporters don’t have.

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a tool that can help journalists better … Read more

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How to Use TimeFlow to Manage, Analyze Chronological Data

As a reporter at The Washington Post, Sarah Cohen was frequently frustrated with the dearth of tools for working with chronological data. Now the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University, Cohen looks for … Read more

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How Poligraft Can Help Journalists and Consumers Discover Connections in the News

Poligraft is a new tool released by the Sunlight Foundation that tries to add political context to news stories. It scans news articles for the names of donors, corporations, lobbyists and politicians and shows how they are connected by … Read more

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How Journalists Can Incorporate Computational Thinking into Their Work

Over the last few years, the journalism community has discussed mindset, skillset, journalist-programmers, and other ideas aimed not just at “saving journalism,” but making journalism better. Perhaps now it’s time to discuss how we think about journalism.

Greg Linch, … Read more

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How to Deal with Web Browser ‘Fingerprints’

A few years ago, The New York Times exposed how “anonymous” search data isn’t anonymous by using saved AOL search terms to track down an elderly widow in Georgia. Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has revealed that Web browsers leave Read more

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Jay Rosen’s Explainthis.org Would Have Journalists Answer Users’ Questions

If you listen to Rebooting the News, a podcast done by Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at NYU, and Dave Winer, often described as the father of blogging and RSS, you’ve heard their ongoing discussion about the importance … Read more

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Washington Post‘s ‘Post Alert’ Offers Breaking News, Special Projects Updates to Users

The Washington Post has released a site-wide notification system that delivers notices on breaking news and special reports to users of the Web site.

Steven King, who is overseeing the project, told me in a phone interview that editors at … Read more

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‘Apps For America’ Shows Innovative Ways to Display Government Data

The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to greater government openness and transparency via the Internet, recently announced the winners of the “Apps for America 2: The Data.gov Challenge” development contest. There is a lot to learn from … Read more

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How AP’s News Registry Will (and Won’t) Work

The Associated Press’s announcement of a news registry to “track and tag all AP content” to “assure compliance with terms of use” has stirred a lot of discussion. From techies to journalists, it’s unclear how the registry will work, whether … Read more

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