Open News have been organizing one day events with techies from different news organizations around USA. These are hackatons kind of events where people bring their projects and they work on them together. It tries to give space for developers to connect and talk about the project at their own newsroom. This year they started with one day of code convening at Write the Docs conference in Portland, OR and I had the opportunity to help with their projects. This are the projects that we worked on.
Web component CSV charts [The Seattle Times]:
A custom element that generates flat charts from CSV input, intended to reduce the load on graphics staff for boilerplate web graphics.
Driveshaft, The New York Times
- A publishing pipeline for sending data from Google Drive documents into S3 in JSON format.
- https://github.com/newsdev/driveshaft (not public yet)
Developer docs for Largo, INN
- Largo is a responsive WordPress theme framework developed by the Investigative News Network specifically for news publishers.
Donation Builder, The Texas Tribune
- A framework to help organizations, especially nonprofit newsrooms, seek new members and support for funding their projects.
Geomancer, DataMade/Associated Press
- A tool to help journalists join datasets based on shared geography.
Google Analytics/Facebook Insights clients, Stijn Debrouwere
- Libraries that make it easy to authenticate/authorize, then grab analytics in Python or on the command line.
Flatsheet, Seth Vincent
- An editor & API for curating data in realtime as a team, giving newsrooms an option beyond Google Spreadsheets.
More information at https://source.opennews.org