I made a tiny little phone tree to make it easier for me to call my elected representatives. It's not backed by a database and it doesn't have a newsletter. There are no calls to action. The checkbox doesn't do anything. The page is only there to serve as a reminder to me.
But because it's mine, it'll be more effective.
Ohio became the third state to have passed a "heartbeat bill" on Tuesday, banning most forms of abortion after 12 weeks. Ohio's bill includes an exception allowing for abortion to preserve the health of the mother, but critics say the bill's restriction is unconstitutional.
The 2015 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference was an amazing experience. I couldn't attend all the sessions of the multi-track conference, so this doesn't cover everything. This is a selected chunk of things that I found especially interesting.
I run across lots of similar-looking news websites while doing research for my internship at the Progressive Dairyman magazine. A significant portion of these sites all seem to use the same template, with some color and menu changes. Turns out they're all owned by Gannett, so I asked mysef, "What does the average Gannett website look like?"
Twin Falls, Idaho, is my new home for the next five months while I work for Progressive Publishing, writing at the Progressive Dairyman website. I saw a population figure for Twin Falls that was close to that of Ohio State Univeristy's student populace, and figured that I should sit down and churn out a comparison.