I've decided to retake the plunge and attempt to do some Wordpress development for a friend's website. Because I hate myself, apparently. My coworker and tall-person Ryan Nagle helped walk me through setting it up on my local machine without using MAMP. Because we're ballers, shotcallers with 15-inch MacBook Pros. Read more – ‘Setting up WordPress on your local machine without using MAMP’.
During my first week on the Chicago Tribune News Apps team the first project I started was to build a Chicago Tribune’s Weather page. This involved using the styles of a project that already lived on our touch site, which was designed by a different team. I had to take their look and feel, use the same [...] Read more – ‘Coolness I’ve Learned At The Chicago Tribune, Part Two’.
Earlier I wrote a piece about using algorithms to help with your journalism, spurred on by this piece in Wired. Now I want to cover more the area that the piece mentions: Using algorithms to actually write stories. Read more – ‘Algorithms and journalisms, part two’.
This morning a story from Wired made the homepage of Hacker News. It was about a company that can take in data, run it through a program and spit out a basic news story. The company has been written about before, and when it first bounced around journalism blog-o-circle-sphericals I had meant to write something about it. This company is doing what we should be doing more of: Automation. Read more – ‘Algorithms and journalisms, part one’.
Earlier I read this post via Hacker News on testing startup ideas. It got me thinking about whether or not you could do something similar in your newsroom. I’ll call it A/B Testing for News Coverage™. The basic idea is this: Use the data of what people click on with Google AdWords/Microsoft’s adCenter to help [...] Read more – ‘Using A/B testing to find story ideas’.
In case no one has seen me posting this link recently, I thought I would post it again. Here’s now an updated list of 20+ web developer jobs open at newspapers. If you’re a person who has these skill sets, you should really think about applying. Where else can you get to build awesome projects [...] Read more – ‘Use your awesome tech powers to help save journalism’.