Conversation: Recycle dataviz: Invest time in elements you can reuse or update quickly
Ideas for maps, charts and databases that you can build once but use often: school test scores, unemployment rates, building permits, highway deaths, public salaries, calculators showing the effect of tax bill proposals, etc. These can be daily stories you have to write every year, a recurring topic you want to highlight or a standalone accountability page. This discussion is open to all skill levels and job descriptions, especially "lonely coders" who feel like it’s tough to find time for this kind of work. Let's come up with ideas that have a long-term life rather than disappearing once the story is done.
Rachel Alexander covers education and nonprofits for Salem Reporter, an online news site in Oregon's capital. She's used spreadsheets to report on everything from nurses dying of opioid overdoses to roadkill salvaging on the state's highways. She's passionate about machine-readable document formats, crashing Excel with massive spreadsheets and #FOIAFriday. @rachelwalexande
Jayme Fraser is an independent journalist based in Montana. In 2018, she worked at the Malheur Enterprise in Oregon as an inaugural member of ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network. Before that, she was a reporter for Lee Newspapers of Montana, the Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian and the Cody (Wyo.) Enterprise. She also spoils two tiny parrots, plays board games, and roots for the Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer teams.
Kai Teoh is a web developer at the Spokesman-Review in Washington. He has previously worked in various different roles in the newsroom, before deciding that he could contribute to journalism the most by embracing his inner geek and being a developer. He loves whiskey, is passionate about immigration, and enjoys pineapples on his pizzas.
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