Posts about 'Journalism'

NYT election coverage over the years

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

This is fun. Here are all the New York Times election-result Page Ones since 1852.

Hooray for newspapers

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A quick note of appreciation on this Election Day. This year, I have paid for digital subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

I may not always agree with their politics, but we need this type of journalism to exist. That takes money. Please consider subscribing.

The Big Picture

Friday, June 6th, 2008

If you haven’t seen it, you should check out what Alan Taylor has been doing on He’s put together a blog of some of the most compelling photos that have come over the wire.

It’s brilliant photography and an outstanding presentation. You should check it out.

The programmer as journalist

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

This is an interesting article with Adrian Holovaty of the Washington Post about the intersection of programming and journalism, an intersection I often find myself exploring.

The way I see it, there are three basic tasks that journalists do:

1. Gathering information. This involves talking to sources, examining documents, taking photographs, etc. It’s reporting.

2. Distilling information. This involves applying editorial judgment to decide what parts of the gathered information are important and relevant.

3. Presenting information. This involves shaping the distilled information into a format that is accessible to the readership. Some examples: writing style (inverted pyramid, etc.), photo color-correction, newspaper page design.

“Doing journalism through computer programming” is just a different way of accomplishing these goals. Namely, the technique favors automation wherever possible.