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ProPublica’s News Apps and Data Guides

Today we're publishing a series of guides that we hope will be useful for news app teams everywhere: A News App style guide, a high-level design overview, a coding manifesto, our standard social tags and a data bulletproofing guide. They represent what we've learned and our best advice for designing consistent, social-optimized and impactful apps in a sane dev environment.

See all the guides here.

The guides were written by my colleagues Jeff Larson and Jennifer LaFleur and me.

We're not publishing the guides on this site. They'll live on GitHub, a site that hosts open source code repositories. On GitHub, other newsrooms are welcome to fork our guides for their own use and to recommend changes to us, either using GitHub's "issues" feature or by forking, making a change in their own form, and submitting the changes back to us as a "pull request."

We mean the guides to be living documents. We'll be adding new things as we learn them, and we encourage everybody to submit what they've learned as well. Our opinions are strong but weakly held, and when we change our mind, you'll see changes in the documents.

Please let us know if you find the guides useful, and make sure to submit ideas via GitHub!

Ghahate North

Feb. 27, 2013, 3:50 p.m.

“Impactful” is not a word. (Para. 1)

impactful (adj.) : having a major impact or effect.

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