Government & Politics

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Government & Politics
by Khari Johnson

These are news startups whose work may impact voters and politicians who choose the destiny of a nation. Every one of these news startups have carried out a crowdfunding campaign since the start of the year, and each of them seeks to make democracy function better. All of these news startups deal with national politics. […] more »

Government & Politics
by Jerri Eddings

The recent election of Muhammadu Buhari as president of Nigeria has been hailed internationally as a historic transfer of power for Africa’s most populous nation. It was the first in which a sitting president was defeated at the ballot box. Sunday Dare, an ICFJ Knight Fellow who worked in Nigeria in 2011 and 2012, is […] more »

Government & Politics
by Ryan Thornburg

Reporters in North Carolina are starting to use a new tool developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that will help them speed up their everyday reporting and find stories that are hidden in the mass of public data held by local governments in the state. Open N.C. has collected information from […] more »

Financial
by Ekaterina Basilaia

Russia Insider has a crying Statue of Liberty on its home page. She’s weeping into her palms as black clouds or smoke billow in the background. There’s also a poster of a Russian man dubbed “the hero of our time” for fighting alongside Ukrainian separatists. Some of what you see or read on Russia Insider […] more »

Best Practices
by Alex Yule

These days, there seems to be an app for everything. Voice-enabled pizza ordering? Check. An app that says “Yo?” Check. As of today, Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store are home to over 1.4 million apps, each! If these numbers seem overwhelming, you’re not alone. In 2012, mobile analytics company Adeven (now Adjust) […] more »

Business
by Samantha Harrington

After gaveling in, praying and selecting new leadership, the North Carolina General Assembly came back into session Wednesday, January 14. Like our faithful lawmakers, the Capitol Hound folks took a break in the fall. We returned on Wednesday in much the same way the General Assembly did. Our lawmakers celebrated the births of grandchildren and […] more »

Government & Politics
by Sandra Ordonez

Spain’s proposed new public security law, Ley De Seguridad Ciudadana, also known as the Ley Mordaza (Gag Law), has many journalists, human rights defenders, and citizens deeply concerned about what the future of freedom of expression and human rights will look like in the Iberian country. The bill passed the lower house of the Spanish […] more »

Government & Politics
by Tom Lowenthal

Facebook announced on October 31 that it has made it easier and safer for users to gain access to its social network by using a dedicated Tor hidden service at https://facebookcorewwwi.onion. A dedicated hidden service access point is a powerful move to protect journalists and anyone else who uses Tor to protect privacy or circumvent censorship. […] more »

Best Practices
by Ryan Thornburg

This post originally appeared on The Future of News. One of the most important attributes of data driven journalism is that it scales, and the primary goal of my OpenRural, Open N.C. and data dashboard projects has been to democratize data so that we start seeing the same types of reporting and presentation in small […] more »

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