Posts tagged 'Matt Waite'

NICAR Conference: Focus on products, tools, utilities

Posted: Feb. 27, 2012 | Tags: Investigative Reporters and Editors, Matt Waite, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting

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Last year, after the annual National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting conference, I suggested that a new group of “journalysts” is transforming the practice of journalism. Many of them come, at least indirectly, from training or experience in computer science.

Last week, when NICARIANs gathered again in St. Louis, yet another iteration of the field was on display: A new focus on products and tools, even if they aren’t directly related to the “journalism” of a news organization.

One clear example of this was a presentation by Ryan Pitts, manager of online operations at the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review, who ...

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Tools & tips for investigative reporting

Posted: June 14, 2010 | Tags: computer-assisted reporting, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Matt Waite

Several staffers at the Workshop attended the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Las Vegas last week, and as always, it was highly instructive.

I'm going to take a look at the free online tools I learned about, some of which will help me do things I've been trying to do for months.

Free, online file conversion - Chase Davis of California Watch shared two sites. First is Zamzar.com, which can take PDFs to Excel (or many of them, at least), and converts my nemesis, docx, into plain old doc. If that doesn't work, you can try ...

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Interactive data and the future of news

Posted: May 6, 2010 | Tags: Aron Pilhofer, BankTracker, computer-assisted reporting, Derek Willis, interactive data, Jacob Fenton, Matt Waite, New York Times, Online News Association

Tons of ink -- both physical and digital -- have been spilled in recent years discussing the economic models that can be built to sustain, perhaps even revive, the business of journalism. It seems to me that somewhat less attention has been given to the topic of how to create new and better content models, which are just as surely needed.

Here at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, we are trying to tackle both sides of the equation. In the coming months, Executive Editor Charles Lewis will have a lot to say about new ways to finance and distribute investigative journalism.

On the ...

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30,000 across from White House demand 'families belong together'

The Trump administration missed the first of two deadlines to reunite children separated from their parents. The action came after public backlash mounted, and a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border within 30 days. More than 30,000 people rallied in Washington on June 30 to demand the Trump administration reunite families immediately.

Newspaper circulation plummets — again

Newspaper circulation plummeted again last year, following the trend of decreased distribution since the early 2000s, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Wednesday.


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