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Archives: February 2011

Happy V-Day: Valentines for Journalists (Part III)

Can you feel the love? Let the journalist in your life know you care this Valentine’s Day with these specially-designed digital cards. This year’s love notes were submitted by you, the 10,000 Words readers, both on the blog and through the Twitter hashtag #journolove.

Feel free to share or distribute any of the cards and check out valentines from previous years here and here.


Submitted by @JRudis


Submitted by @modernsara


Submitted by @DebGH


Submitted by Sandi


Submitted by @Carolcdt


Submitted by @ohmykevin


Submitted by @nortonbrian

The winning journo valentine caption was submitted by @SarahMaslinNir. Sarah will receive selected paper versions of this year’s valentines.

Thanks to all who contributed!

5 Creative uses of DocumentCloud

Since DocumentCloud burst on to the scene in 2009, newsrooms have used the tool to publish, analyze, and annotate documents all of sorts including police reports, government documents, and court records. DocumentCloud can, however, be used for more than just your run-of-the-mill documents and in a variety of creative ways, as evidenced by the examples below.


WNYC: NYC Ballot Design

How do you show the public that a ballot for an upcoming election is flawed and hard to use? WNYC found its answer in DocumentCloud and used the site’s annotation tool to highlight flaws in the design of a NYC ballot and how they could be corrected.


ProPublica: The Magnetar Trade

After a hedge named Magnetar declined to comment on detailed questions posed to it by ProPublica, the site decided to turn the tables and publish the actual letter sent to them by the company. In the investigative story, ProPublica linked directly to the paragraphs in the letter where Magnetar refused to comment. Here’s an example.


Washington Post: U.S. Constitution in the news

For a project for The Post created by yours truly, we used one of the oldest documents in American history — the U.S. Constitution — and denoted with sections are currently under political debate or referenced in recent news.


The Las Vegan Sun: Do No Harm

Posting a bunch of online documents can be useful, but daunting for the reader. For a five-part story on preventable injuries in local hospitals, the Sun uploaded the documents to DocumentCloud and linked to them in each article. The docs are also cleverly organized on a standard webpage with easy to identify thumbnails and in a unique interactive visualization.

PBS NewsHour: Mark Twain

NewsHour used DocumentCloud to publish a century-old manuscript of an unpublished Mark Twain essay that had been sitting in archives. Those who find Twain’s handwriting to be hard to read can switch between the original document and an easier to read text view.

Many thanks to the DocumentCloud team for their assistance in crafting this post.