It’s easy to find references to city desks in the Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota, and in the Dakotas. Look beyond that, though, and anything you might find in reference to city desks elsewhere in the rest of the U.S. has to do with journalism.
Andy Sturdevant: 'City desk' in the trades: Is it a regional term?
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Minneapolis Police Department restores accessible crime data format
In August, MinnPost launched an interactive crime application using Excel data provided by the MPD — data that has been provided in this format for more than a decade.
A couple of weeks later they removed the Excel files, citing vague “issues” with the data. The timing was curious, to say the least. When we asked about the change, they sent MinnPost this statement:
The crime stats are subject to being corruptible in an excel sheet. They have been changed in the past by persons unknown and this affects the veracity of the original data posted. If stats are posted on-line in a PDF format, this reduces the risk of contamination. Note if data was kept on a SQL, the data could be viewed, manipulated and accessed by many and yet keep original and intact. This is cost prohibited and will not be pursued. Effective immediately the stats should just be posted in a PDF format.
Yesterday afternoon, the MPD restored the Excel files and Assistant Chief Matt Clark sent us this statement, promising a commitment to transparency:
We looked into the issues this morning. Apparently, there was a recent concern from our Analysis Unit when posted statistical data appeared to be erased/altered. Yesterday’s change in policy was a well-intentioned act by a concerned MPD employee. We will continue to post this information monthly in Excel format. To address the data issue, we will monitor the site routinely and offer contact information to the public for any data concerns. The MPD values transparency with the public, and we want to provide any department information that can be lawfully shared. We also appreciate the cutting edge work MinnPost has done in keeping the public informed on crime statistics and reports. It is clear to us at the MPD that an informed public is able to assist us with reducing crime and improving public safety.
We were impressed by their swift response and will continue to work with the department to make crime data accessible to Minneapolis citizens. Open data, for the win.
We are delighted to announce an early end to MinnPost’s 10-day campaign to raise $10,000 to fund a new beat covering mental health and addiction issues. We reached the goal last night (Day 7). As of this morning, we’ve received 112 donations totaling $11,038. Additional donations are still very welcome, and will be used to fund the second year of the beat. Thank you all very much for your support!
Until we get over the stigma of [mental illness], people will continue to lose their lives, not getting the help that they so desperately need.
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At MinnPost, we hope to do crime reporting in a different way — a way that encourages readers to dig into the data and ask questions, enables our reporters to track down stories, and encourages public officials to make this data more transparent. That’s why we are launching www.minnpost.com/crime, an interactive application that displays monthly Minneapolis crime data.
And read the full post on our methodology for detailed information and additional caveats.
"I’ll probably read a print newspaper until I die. And that’s a problem for the newspaper business; its most loyal customers are closer to death than to birth."
John Reinan on why managing decline in the newspaper industry is a familiar story
I would be a terrible congressman.
The Star Tribune is one of the most successful metropolitan newspapers in the nation, which may be akin to having a great cabin on the Titanic.
WNYC has great coverage on how FEMA has scaled back the high-wave zones from their proposed 100-year flood zones. And we’ve mapped the data with a before-after slider to make the comparison. Click through for the interactive map.
Awesome project from our friends at WNYC. And it’s embeddable!
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