Data journalism guru Matt Stiles has left the building, as Evan Smith, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune, announced last week. But Ryan Murphy and Becca Aaronson will be keeping the tradition and spirit of @stiles alive by continuing to update the data blog On the Records and the @TribData Twitter account.
The goal of the blog is to highlight the data-driven stories on the Tribune site and educate readers on developments in interactive journalism. Making data available and accessible to readers is part of the Trib’s mission to increase government transparency, whether it is through continuing to update our Government Salary Database, visualizing the Texas Legislature's efforts to curb the feral hog epidemic or mapping lawmakers’ redistricting plans at the Capitol.
On the Records will be going back to basics. We’ll fill readers in on the behind-the-scenes action — how we make the interactive data applications you see on the Tribune site, for example — and provide guides on how to use our data applications. Readers can also look here for tips on how to create applications using data we provide under Creative Commons. We will also introduce readers to data-driven applications from across the internet with information vital to Texas citizens.
As always, The Texas Tribune is open to readers’ input. Email ideas, suggestions, complaints and tips to Ryan Murphy (@rdmurphy) and Becca Aaronson (@becca_aa), or leave comments using our data feedback form. We hope to hear from you.