Friday, June 29, 2012

Word cloud of Knight News Challenge Data proposals

Last night, I scraped the ~800 "data" proposals from the Knight News Challenge and turned them into word soup*.  As Mike says: Sorry, science!  Still, you get a sense of the themes shared across the proposals.

I'm excited about the contest, and the (realistically, slim) chance that our civil-o-meter proposal will get funded.  This is a really nifty time to be working in this area.

If you like the idea holding politicians and newsmakers to a fair and accurate standard for civility, please like us on tumblr, or tweet about us using the #newschallenge hashtag.

*I used python for the scraping and R for the very lightweight NLP.  The layout is by wordle.

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