The Texas Tribune is an FOi Machine!

If you haven’t checked it lately, the Texas Tribune is quite the records-driven engine….

When The Texas Tribune launched, Matt Stiles said the site was the .10 version of what it would be six months out. Sixteen months later, the site’s traffic and audience have grown tremendously, in large part because of its work with data.

The Tribune has created more than 50 data-driven projects that readers are using to locate their lawmakers in the Capitol, access information about prison inmatesand see how minorities have driven population growth in Texas.

Stiles said by phone that in addition to driving about two-thirds of The Texas Tribune’s traffic, the databases have attracted new audiences and provided readers with an interactive way to access information that’s public but not always easy to find.

“We’re sort of like an OpenSecrets slash online news organization,” said Stiles, reporter and data applications editor. “We’re not nearly as good as OpenSecrets, because they’ve been around longer, but I hope that we can be that resource for people. We’re getting there.”

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