July 28, 2009 at 9:46 p.m.
In programming, frameworks help speed development by abstracting common tasks and letting us focus on things that matter. They make what's important interesting.
We can apply this approach to reporting as well, especially when we're collecting structured data and treating news as data points. Doing this means we don't have to start over with each new set of figures.
A few lessons learned from Patchwork Nation and other projects.