But the difference really isn’t Chorus. The difference is that Vox is open to experimentation, it demands rapid iteration, and it puts technology-shaping people on par with word-shaping people. The difference is that, in many traditional newsrooms, changing the UI on a page like this one would have taken multiple meetings where the tech side’s knowledge would likely have been undervalued. It’s a corporate ethos and a permission structure that means good ideas don’t have to get bottled up. It’s being the kind of place that would build Chorus in the first place. That is Vox’s edge, and you can’t buy that off the shelf.
Interest, effects, agency. These are three ways that a story might intersect with you, and they are reasons you might need to see it.
Great article from Jonathan Stray. I’d pay for a news organization that approached its product from these three principles.
There’s no such thing as an objective filter: Why designing algorithms that tell us the news is hard. An objective filter for news may not be the algorithm we need, but that doesn’t mean the right filter is any less difficult to build.
ProPublica’s newest news app uses education data to get more social. A really interesting app from ProPublica that analyzes data released by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Even though it hits just a few data points it is fascinating to compare various districts and schools.