Why Data Is Never Raw - The New Atlantis
On the seductive myth of information free of human judgment
database  politics  statistics  bias 
9 days ago
Few people are actually trapped in filter bubbles. Why do they like to say that they are? » Nieman Journalism Lab
We’re not trapped in filter bubbles, but we like to act as if we are. Few people are in complete filter bubbles in which they only consume, say, Fox News, Matt Grossmann writes in a new report for Knight (and there’s a summary version of it on Medium here). But the “popular story of how media bubbles allegedly undermine democracy” is one that people actually seem to enjoy clinging to.
journalism  politics  research 
11 days ago
'Most E-Mailed' List Tearing New York Times' Newsroom Apart
A feature on the New York Times' website that lists the stories most e-mailed by readers is destroying morale and escalating tensions among the once-dignified and professional Times staff, sources within the newspaper of record said Tuesday.
nytimes  analytics 
16 days ago
The Origins of the Times Square Ball Drop
The sight was “a torch to usher in the new born, a funeral pyre for the old which pierced the very heavens,” The Times wrote.
nytimes  history  times_square  nyc 
17 days ago
Using Artificial Intelligence to Augment Human Intelligence
By creating user interfaces which let us work with the representations inside machine learning models, we can give people new tools for reasoning.
design  ai  machine_learning 
12 weeks ago
Disruptive Interfaces & The Emerging Battle To Be The Default
A new battle is brewing to be the default of every choice we make. As modern interfaces like voice remove options, augmented reality overlays our physical world, and artificial intelligence gains our trust by transcending our own reasoning, DEFAULTS WILL RULE THE WORLD.
design  product  startup 
september 2018
Not enough people are paying attention to this economic trend | Bill Gates
Measurement isn’t the only area where we’re falling behind—there are a number of big questions that lots of countries should be debating right now. Are trademark and patent laws too strict or too generous? Does competition policy need to be updated? How, if at all, should taxation policies change? What is the best way to stimulate an economy in a world where capitalism happens without the capital? We need really smart thinkers and brilliant economists digging into all of these questions. Capital...
economics  entrepreneurship 
august 2018
How to be a Manager
The step-by-step guide for leading a new team.
leadership  management 
june 2018
Manager Energy Drain | Lara Hogan
Some managers find themselves working long hours to do hands-on “work-work” after full days of one-on-ones. Some managers find that the labor of managing or more strategic thinking drains their energy significantly faster than the work they did as individual contributors. Some find the context-switching between meetings super taxing.
management  calendar  advice 
may 2018
Voices on the left are rising in the US. Why aren’t they in mainstream media? - Columbia Journalism Review
“We need movement builders, not people who can dunk on Twitter. But our current institutions are structured for people who can dunk on Twitter,” he said.
nytimes  nytopinion  politics 
may 2018
Why the “golden age” of newspapers was the exception, not the rule » Nieman Journalism Lab
People have always cared about news. They have just found different modes to gather and consume it. The next decades will look more like the times before the golden age, when newspapers competed with many other methods to gather news.
newspapers  history 
may 2018
Community Standards
The goal of our Community Standards is to encourage expression and create a safe environment. We base our policies on input from our community and from experts in fields such as technology and public safety. Our policies are also rooted in the following principles:
privacy  ethics  moderation  facebook 
april 2018
D3 in Depth
D3 in Depth aims to bridge the gap between introductory tutorials/books and the official documentation.
d3  tutorial 
april 2018
Victor Keegan: Will MySpace ever lose its monopoly? | Technology | The Guardian
John Barrett of TechNewsWorld claims that MySpace is well on the way to becoming what economists call a "natural monopoly". Users have invested so much social capital in putting up data about themselves it is not worth their changing sites, especially since every new user that MySpace attracts adds to its value as a network of interacting people.
prediction  folly  facebook  history 
march 2018
Web Design Museum
The museum exhibits over 900 carefully selected and sorted web sites that show web design trends between the years 1995 and 2005.
march 2018
Andrew Sullivan: Is This the Beginning of Trump’s End?
But tribalism and the “social justice” movement mean the Times will be fighting a long uphill battle. Because it’s not only some PC journalists at the Times who want to shut down debate that makes them uncomfortable or “harms” people, it’s the readers. More and more, they want a Times that is not an institution devoted to dangerously free debate, but one that is enlisted in the eternal struggle against “patriarchy” and “white supremacy,” an opinion section that belongs to one tribe and one tribe alone, a paper that gives no quarter to Republicans, reflexively defends any Democrat, and preens with contempt for neoliberals.
nytimes  opinion 
march 2018
A Career Cold Start Algorithm
Several times in my career, I’ve joined a team whose work was already well under way, where I had a massive knowledge deficit, and didn’t have pre-existing relationships. None of those excuses relieved me from the pressure I felt to establish myself and contribute. Over time, I realized that the natural instinct to push for early impact leads many incoming leaders into challenging relationships as they expose their knowledge deficit and waste time. So, I developed an algorithm that has helped me ramp up quickly — and in several cases — have an impact in a relatively short period of time, while minimizing collateral damage.
advice  career  management  projectmanagement 
march 2018
The Opinionator | Jason Linkins
All this adds up to the sort of categorical disaster that a good editor and steward of the most important opinion page in American letters should be capable of staving off. Fortunately for Brooks, he doesn’t have such an editor. He has James Bennet, a man whom former Times op-ed veteran Leah Finnegan has described (speaking of reality television) as “the Spencer Pratt of opinion journalism.” “This guy loves to troll, and position his writers as martyrs for their bad opinions,” writes Finnegan. “He also seems kinda bad at the basics of his job (writing and making sure facts are correct).”
nytimes  criticism  opinion 
january 2018
The TKSST Gift Guide
Over 300 smart gift ideas for all ages, curated by The Kid Should See This™
gifts  kids 
november 2017
Remove the legend to become one — Remains of the Day
A good line graph is a fusion of right and left brain, of literacy and numeracy. Just numbers alone aren't enough to explain the truth, but accurate numbers, represented truthfully, are a check on our anecdotal excesses, confirmation biases, tribal affiliations.
charts  visualization  data  presentation 
november 2017
Your logo is copied – Ferdinand Vogler – Medium
After a few years in Design you eventually find out that everything has been done before. I figured out where some popular logos might have come from. When does copying become stealing? Is it even that bad?
design  history  logo 
august 2017
Tow Center: Platforms and Publishers: A Definitive Timeline
The timeline below identifies key developments on tech platforms used by journalism publishers. Here you can explore the significant shifts in the platform landscape as these companies adjust to new relationships with publishers.
history  research  newspapers  internet 
august 2017
Who Owns the Internet?
Illustration by Nishant Choksi On the night of November 7, 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes’s wife, Lucy, took to her bed with a headache. The returns from the…
from instapaper
august 2017
Algorithm Tips – Find tips for stories on algorithms
This is a growing list of potentially newsworthy algorithms used by the U.S. government. As more decisions are influenced by algorithms, more algorithmic accountability may be needed. But where to start? Here, you can find algorithms warranting a closer look.
government  journalism  algorithm 
may 2017
Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer
This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere . I’ve been doing these almost every week since 1991,…
from instapaper
may 2017
Fascinating 1942 photos show the making of the New York Times, step by step
In September 1942, Office of War Information photographer Marjory Collins paid a visit to the offices of the New York Times, located at the iconic One Times Square and an annex on 43rd Street.
nytimes  history  photography 
may 2017
Explanation for What? | David V. Johnson
Vox.com’s capture of the know-it-all demographic
vox  journalism 
march 2017
Unlearning descriptive statistics
Statistics professors tend to gloss over basic descriptive statistics because they want to spend as much time as possible on margins of error and t-tests and regression. Fair enough, but the result is that it's easier to find a machine learning expert than someone who can talk about numbers. Forget what you think you know about descriptives and let me give you a whirlwind tour of the real stuff.
statistics  tolearn 
february 2017
What is Narrative, Anyway? – Poynter
Then it occurred to me that we throw the word "narrative" around pretty freely these days. Yet here was a veteran, sophisticated reporter who was keenly interested in producing this thing she heard everyone talking about, but honestly wasn't sure what it meant.
narrative  writing  toteach 
january 2017
Machine Learning - Stanford University | Coursera
About this course: Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome. Machine learning is so pervasive today that you probably use it dozens of times a day without knowing it. Many researchers also think it is the best way to make progress towards human-level AI. In this class, you will learn about the most effective machine learning techniques, and gain practice implementing them and getting them to work for yourself. More importantly, you'll learn about not only the theoretical underpinnings of learning, but also gain the practical know-how needed to quickly and powerfully apply these techniques to new problems. Finally, you'll learn about some of Silicon Valley's best practices in innovation as it pertains to machine learning and AI.
tolearn  class 
january 2017
Tools of the trade – Infographics for the People
John Grimwade: When I started making infographics, every freelancer in the business carried a briefcase everywhere they went. It was filled with all the equipment needed to make artwork. You needed technical pens, french curves, ellipse templates, compasses, ruling pens, paintbrushes, a craft knife, and so on. We spent a lot of time in art supply stores, buying designer’s colors and inks and everything else. I still love those places more than any other shops, although there are a hell of a lot less of them around now.
history  design  infographics 
january 2017
Meet the Machinists Who Keep the New York Times Running - YouTube
As the world’s largest technology manufacturers increasingly move toward creating products that are designed to be difficult or impossible to repair, Motherboard has started looking toward the margins of tech to find the people keeping older machines alive and running.
newspaper  nytimes  video  printing_press 
january 2017
Stanford researchers find students have trouble judging the credibility of information online | Stanford Graduate School of Education
Education scholars say youth are duped by sponsored content and don't always recognize political bias of social messages.
internet  research  trust  credibility  politics 
november 2016
The forces that drove this election’s media failure are likely to get worse » Nieman Journalism Lab
Segregated social universes, an industry moving from red states to the coasts, and mass media’s revenue decline: The disconnect between two realities shows no sign of abating.
journalism  politics  trump 
november 2016
Deep-Fried Data
I run a small web archive for about twenty thousand people. Being invited to speak at the Library of Congress is like being a kid who glues paper fins to a…
from instapaper
october 2016
The internet as an engine of liberation is an innocent fraud – Nicholas Carr | Aeon Essays
It was a scene out of an Ambien nightmare: a jackal with the face of Mark Zuckerberg stood over a freshly killed zebra, gnawing at the animal’s innards. But I…
from instapaper
september 2016
‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’
Eric Draper/George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001.…
from instapaper
september 2016
Pete Wells Has His Knives Out
Pete Wells, the restaurant critic of the Times , who writes a review every week—and who occasionally writes one that creates a national hubbub about class,…
from instapaper
september 2016
Making House: Notes on Domesticity - NYTimes.com
A woman once told me about a visit she made with her husband to an oncologist, to receive the results of his biopsy. She was perhaps in her late 60s, a…
from instapaper
august 2016
The Bauhaus | Harvard Art Museums
The Harvard Art Museums hold one of the first and largest collections relating to the Bauhaus, the 20th century’s most influential school of art and design.
design  history  inspiration 
august 2016
Why Print Rarely Translates to Digital (by @baekdal) #insights
The largest difference of all is one of behavior. The way people consume a print magazine is based on entirely different needs and desires than the way people consume something online. And this is especially noticeable with a monthly print magazine.
design  newsdesign  print 
july 2016
The Babysitters Club — Real Life
My frustration with these apps only tells me I’m becoming the child they’re informing me I am. That’s the scary part, a dignity so fragile that a cartoon hamster breaks it.
language  apps  ui 
july 2016
2016 AICP Sponsor Reel - Dir Cut on Vimeo
Method Design was tapped by production company RSA to concept and create this year’s AICP Sponsor Reel. The AICP awards celebrate global creativity within commercial production. Method Design wanted to create an entertaining piece of design that encapsulates the innovative and prolific nature of this industry. Our aim was to showcase the AICP sponsors as various dancing avatars, which playfully reference the visual effects used throughout production. Motion capture, procedural animation and dynamic simulations combine to create a milieu of iconic pop dance moves that become an explosion of colorful fur, feathers, particles and more.
dance  design  video  animation  motion_capture 
june 2016
How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes. I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as…
from instapaper
may 2016
The history of ‘this website is well-crafted’ hints | Holovaty.com
Yesterday I wrote this on Twitter and it got a bunch of love: How you could tell a site was well-crafted: 2002 all-CSS layout 2003 nice URLs 2005 ajax 2010…
from instapaper
april 2016
Farewell - ETAOIN SHRDLU - 1978 on Vimeo
A film created by Carl Schlesinger and David Loeb Weiss documenting the last day of hot metal typesetting at The New York Times. This film shows the entire newspaper production process from hot-metal typesetting to creating stereo moulds to high-speed press operation. At the end of the film, the new typesetting and photographic production process is shown in contrast to the old ways.
There are interviews with workers at NYT that are for and against the new technology. In fact, one typesetter is retiring on this final day as he does not want to learn the new process and technology.
This is the first time the film has ever been available in HD from the original 16mm master film.
nytimes  history  linotype  documentary 
january 2016
Good Design — The Year of the Looking Glass — Medium
You know you have a good design when you show it to people and they say, “oh, yeah, of course,” like the solution was obvious.
design  toteach  advice 
january 2016
Scrapy Tips from the Pros: Part 1 | The Scrapinghub Blog
Scrapy is at the heart of Scrapinghub. We use this framework extensively and have accumulated a wide range of shortcuts to get around common problems. We’re launching a series to share these Scrapy tips with you so that you can get the most out of your daily workflow. Each post will feature two to three tips, so stay tuned.
scraping  programming  toteach 
january 2016
Ghostweather R&D Blog: Teaching a Semester of D3.js
I spent last semester frantically putting together a course on D3.js for journalism students at the University of Miami at the same time as teaching it and grading it. Wow, teaching a semester course is hard. Teaching coding, especially to non-CS students, is a special challenge.
javascript  teaching  d3 
january 2016
Open Guide to Equity Compensation
If you’re thinking of working for a company that is offering you equity, it’s critical to understand both the basic ideas and some very technical details of what form of compensation it is, and how it affects your taxes. Equity compensation and taxation might seem like different topics, but they are so intertwined it’s hard to explain one without the other. Moreover, an understanding of the underlying rules is for negotiating fair offers — on both sides.
money  startup  equity  advice 
january 2016
Living in different worlds
How much abstraction is right in this world, and is it helpful or unhelpful to have prior mental models (‘memory cards are like film’) to apply?
toteach  design  prediction 
january 2016
The Website Obesity Crisis
If present trends continue, there is the real chance that articles warning about page bloat could exceed 5 megabytes in size by 2020. ... The problem with picking any particular size as a threshold is that it encourages us to define deviancy down. Today’s egregiously bloated site becomes tomorrow’s typical page, and next year’s elegantly slim design.
advertising  prediction  design 
january 2016
Introduction: R-Interface to X-13
seasonal is an easy-to-use and full-featured R-interface to X-13ARIMA-SEATS, the newest seasonal adjustment software developed by the United States Census Bureau. X-13ARIMA-SEATS combines and extends the capabilities of the older X-12ARIMA (developed by the Census Bureau) and TRAMO-SEATS (developed by the Bank of Spain).
statistics  data 
december 2015
16 mobile theses — Benedict Evans
We’re now coming up to 9 years since the launch of the iPhone kicked off the smartphone revolution, and some of the first phases are over - Apple and Google both won the platform war, mostly, Facebook made the transition, mostly, and it’s now perfectly clear that mobile is the future of technology and of the internet. But within that, there's a huge range of different themes and issues, many of which are still pretty unsettled. 
prediction  mobile  future 
december 2015
Markdown to InDesign
If you’ve ever imported MS Word documents into InDesign, you know how troublesome that can be at times.
indesign  markdown  typography 
december 2015
Mobile, ecosystems and the death of PCs — Benedict Evans
So, a simple answer to a complex question - when we say 'mobile' we don't mean mobile just as when we said 'PCs' we didn't mean personal. This isn't about the screen size or keyboard or location or use. Rather, the ecosystem of ARM, iOS and Android, with 10x the scale of Wintel, will become the new centre of gravity throughout computing. It will take over things like IoT and wearables in one direction and, in due course, the data centre in the other, and it will push onto the desktop. The smartphone is the new sun. 
mobile  trends  prediction 
november 2015
The Decay of Twitter
“The Whale Beached between Scheveningen and Katwijk, with Elegant Sightseers,” by Esaias van den Velde On Tuesday, Twitter Inc. announced another dreary set of…
from instapaper
november 2015
We need a Data Journalism Archive. Before it becomes just another 404 error | Simon Rogers
It’s time for a Data Journalism Archive. Before we forget everything we know.
archive  data  journalism 
october 2015
Best practices for reaching a Millennial audience
The long-term viability of media companies today depends on understanding Millennials — a massive, influential demographic that grew up connected to the Internet, social platforms, and smart devices.
me  journalism  nytimes  millennials 
october 2015
Machine Learning for Developers by Mike de Waard
Most developers these days have heard of machine learning, but when trying to find an 'easy' way into this technique, most people find themselves getting scared off by the abstractness of the concept of Machine Learning and terms as regression, unsupervised learning, Probability Density Function and many other definitions. If one switches to books there are books such as An Introduction to Statistical Learning with Applications in R and Machine Learning for Hackers who use programming language R for their examples.
programming  math  machine_learning  to_learn 
october 2015
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: List: Nihilistic Password Security Questions.
On what street did you lose your childlike sense of wonder?
When did you stop trying?
funny  mcsweeneys  security 
october 2015
Audience & Analytics Reading List
Here's a sampling of interesting articles and resources for thinking about audiences and analytics in the context of journalism.
toteach  analytics  journalism 
september 2015
Stephen Colbert on Making The Late Show His Own
It was early July, about nine weeks before the debut of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and we were sitting in his temporary office above a BMW dealership…
from instapaper
august 2015
Is The Washington Post closing in on the Times? | Capital New York
Or it could be that Jeff Bezos buys into the same growth-at-all-costs belief as Buzzfeed, Vox and Vice. Just as the Times has paid more attention to those companies than to the Post, maybe the Post watches them more closely than it watches the Times. That, too, would make a lot of sense. They share the build-it-and they-will-come attitude that Amazon literally wrote the book on.
nytimes  washingtonpost  prediction 
august 2015
A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning
In machine learning, computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data. These techniques can be used to make highly accurate predictions.
totech  de  tutorial  data_science 
july 2015
Explaining graphic design to four-year-olds — Medium
Design is about making something easy to use, or easy to understand.
design  toteach 
july 2015
Web Design - The First 100 Years
Designers! I am a San Francisco computer programmer, but I come in peace! I would like to start with a parable about airplanes.
toteach  design 
july 2015
Is Gawker Destroying Itself From The Inside? Let’s Hope So.
A few years ago I made a joke in a column about how a certain Gawker writer should quit before the place ruined her life. Within moments of it going live, I…
from instapaper
july 2015
Before there was Photoshop | graphic design tools | Photoshop 25th anniversary - YouTube
Follow along as Sean Adams mocks up a layout with a variety of traditional design tools.
design  history  toteach 
july 2015
7 Rejections — Medium
Brian Chesky shared these rejection emails from Airbnb's early days
airbnb  startup 
july 2015
The Boring Front-end Developer by Adam Silver
there is another kind of front-end developer, the boring front-end developer. Here is an ode to the boring front-end developer, BFED if you will.
advice  funny  programming  webdev 
july 2015
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