ProPublica also does the best job of promoting the Nerd Blog — it sits right up top of the Tools and Data landing page, in its own dedicated box, making it easy for anyone looking at ProPublica’s data journalism to know that it’s available.

It’s a shame to see the Texas Tribune’s On The Records blog hasn’t been updated since August. It’s more of a data blog than it is a developers’ blog in the way it explains how the Texas Tribune’s pieces are made. Some posts pick out key findings from data stories, while others are about government released data. The Tribune is doing some truly enterprising data journalism. More than anything else, the drop-off in its blog entries highlights the fact that maintaining these resources is a huge ask unto itself.

As more news outlets produce innovative pieces of data journalism, however, developers’ blogs will only continue to grow in importance. Development is a collaborative space; the more data reporters and programmers blog about their innovative news applications, the more it encourages other outlets to start making their own pieces.

 

Anna Codrea-Rado is a digital media associate at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Follow her on Twitter @annacod.