New homework, due on Thursday: Making a Flask Web App 101
On Wednesday: Serdar Tumgoren, a data journalist for the Associated Press, will guest lecture on the topic of open elections. He recommends reading this New York Times piece on the real-world work of data science: For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights
Some information about the Open Elections project which Serdar has been involved:
- OpenElections - Certified election results. For Everyone
- The OpenElections blog
- The OpenElections Github
- New York Times, Washington Post developers team up to create Open Elections database (niemanlab.org)
Also, please read the entire WSJ series, "Medicare Unmasked", which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.
What is a news application?
A news application is a big interactive database that tells a news story. Think of it like you would any other piece of journalism. It just uses software instead of words and pictures.
By showing each reader data that is specific to them, a news app can help each reader understand a story in a way that’s personally meaningful to them. It can help a reader understand their personal connection to a broad national phenomenon, and help them attach what they know to what they don’t know, and thereby encourage a deep understanding of abstract concepts.
Some readings and examples
Medicare Unmasked: Behind the Numbers - a news application that was part of the Wall Street Journal's 2015 Pulitzer Investigative Prize.