The Nerd Blog

How We Made ProPublica.org Look Better on Your Smartphone

In order to make our site more welcoming for the increasing number of you who read us on your smartphones, we've redesigned and re-engineered the site so that people on small screens will automatically see a version of the site optimized to fit them.

Introducing DocDiver

Today we’re launching a new feature that lets readers work alongside ProPublica reporters—and each other—to identify key bits of information in documents, and to share what they’ve found. We call it DocDiver.

Facebook for News Apps: How We Harnessed the Social Network for ‘The Opportunity Gap’

Embracing 'behavior design'—coupled with our preference for keeping our apps light on database writes—spurred us to integrate Facebook for our news app in a deeper way than we’ve done before.

TimelineSetter: A New Way to Display Timelines on the Web

As far as we know, there are no good open source frameworks that web developers can use to generate timelines quickly without losing design flexibility. So we made our own.

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A series of programming and technical guides on how we collected data for Dollars for Docs.

A Tale of Two Documents

On Oct. 8, we published an interactive comparing separate versions of the same court opinion in a lawsuit brought by a Gitmo detainee. Here's how we did it.

The Rainbow Connection: How We Made Our CDO Connections Graphic

On Wednesday, we launched an interactive news application to help readers understand the cross-owned nature of Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDO) in 2006-2007. Here's how we did it.

Welcome to the Nerd Blog

Introducing our new Nerd Blog, which will let technical readers know what ProPublica’s News Applications desk is up to.

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