At first, they pitched a story. They’re journalists, after all. And they wanted to look into Wikipedia. It was March, Rob Ford was still in the running for Toronto’s mayor, and they wanted to uncover the edit wars happening back and forth between campaigns.
But the whole purpose of the Center for Investigative Reporting’s TechRaking event is to bring a new perspective to journalism, and the product developers there pushed back at Luke Simcoe, a data journalist at Metro News Canada, and the rest of the digital team. What if instead of creating a story, they made a product so people could find the answers for themselves?