In honor of Men’s Fashion Week, you can now dress up the male model on the cover of Newsweek’s ‘Male Plumage’ issue from 1968. Just drag and drop, then tweet your picks when you’re done.
Have you seen our very cool Gitmo force-feeding interactive? Here’s our NewsBeast Labs post about how we did it (featuring some choice quotes from me):
Yesterday, we published an illustrated guide on force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay. Here’s how we made it.
The hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay has been consistently in the news for months but with little action on the part of the Obama administration, there havn’t been many new developments to report. Abby Haglage, one of our staff reporters, wanted to brainstorm ways we could tell this ongoing story in a fresh way.
Clarisa Diaz, our NewsBeast Labs Summer Fellow and current graduate student in Design and Technology at Parsons, Abby and I started reading the recent coverage. We all came to the conclusion that force-feeding had been mentioned a great deal — organizations such as the UN and the American Medical Association have denounced it in this circumstance — but none of us had a clear idea as to what this process was really like from reading these stories. So how do we show that?
After some discussion, a step-by-step animated walkthrough showing the force-feeding process detainees undergo, based on the Gitmo standard operating procedures, seemed like the most effective way to tell that story. To finish off the meeting, Clarisa suggested instead of merely having buttons walkthrough, we time it to the reader’s scroll — which is something my deskmate Sam Schlinkert would refer to as “next level.”
As we wrote about a couple of times on this blog, we have been tracking all 530+ representatives’ positions on gun control, updating it when news happens, and publishing their statements automatically via our Twitter robot @YourRepsOnGuns.
It’s been a very fun project and one we hope that has been informative. We’ve received a number of emails from readers tipping us off to local articles and they’ve sent in letters from their rep explaining their position on gun control.
If you want to help us be able to do more projects like this, there’s a People’s Choice component of the awards where you can vote for us.
If you like the project and want to give us your vote, you can find us here. We’re only 70 votes away from first place! (Sometimes the site asks you to also log in to Facebook, but nothing gets posted from your account, we’ve checked.)
Thanks for the help these past few months!
Hey look, our team got nominated for an data journalism award!
Last month we published a package of stories marking the fortieth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. It had a few moving parts but I’ll just go over some of them briefly here.
How it started
This summer you probably heard the story about the last abortion clinic in Mississippi that was threatened to close due to stricter state laws. Allison Yarrow, who sat across from me at the time, was covering the story and it got us thinking: the line “The Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi” is attention grabbing, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. That is to say, what you really want to know is how far are people away from their nearest clinic, regardless of state boundaries. One state may have five clinics but if they’re all in the southwest corner of the state and you live in the northeast corner, and your adjoining states have multiple clinics but only at their borders farthest from you, then you’ll have a hard time getting to a clinic, even if you had many in your state. To see where this might be the case and where access to services was compounded by new restrictive provisions (over 150 nationally in the past two years) we made as close to a comprehensive database as possible of every abortion clinic. Our goal was to see what parts of the country were farthest from a clinic. From start to finish, this process took about six months…
Word clouds 2.0. Great interactive. (Try searching for “climate,” and scrolling down a bit.)