Spending Stories

Tides Center

Date Awarded
09/01/11
Amount
$250,000
Grant Period
09/01/11 to 11/30/13
Focus Area
Media Innovation
Initiative
Knight News Challenge

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To increase fiscal literacy among journalists and the public by creating simple digital tools that link public spending data to public spending narratives

News stories about government finances are common, but readers often find it challenging to place the numbers in perspective. Spending Stories will contextualize such news pieces by tying them to the data on which they are based. For example, a story on City Hall spending could be annotated with details on budget trends and related stories from other news outlets. The effort will be driven by a combination of machine-automated analysis and verification by users interested in public spending.

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Martin Keegan

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