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Just wanted to bring your attention to some news-related projects that launched this week:

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Reporters looking for advice from other reporters should take a look at ReportingOn.

Ryan Sholin’s revamped site is like a help forum for news developers and journalists, particularly beat and local journalists. Follow ReportingOn on Twitter. You’ll find me on ReportingOn too.

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The hyperlocal news and data site Everyblock released its source code, much to the delight of Django developers everywhere.

Everyblock is the brainchild of Adrian Holovaty, one of the co-developers of the Django framework. Read more about the project, poke around and see what you find.

Personally, I’d also like to see the source code for the Everyblock iPhone app, but one thing at a time.

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If you want to learn more about mobile site design, consider signing up for W3C’s first-ever live training session in Cambridge, UK.

The event takes place Oct. 13. Registration — at a hefty €399.00 (about US$558 at today’s exchange rate) — includes lectures and hands-on workshops, as well as access to the nine-part course. Read the full description, register online or read more about the W3C Mobile Web Initiative.

Feel free to browse around the blog. A few of the most popular posts on Ricochet include:

What ideas and tools would you like to know more about? Drop a comment, or ping me on Twitter @MacDivaONA.

Ricochet celebrates its first year in publication this month. To thank you for being a part of the community here, we’re doing a series of holiday giveaways.

Christmas Gifts by Brungrrl on Flickr

For the first round, we’ve got one copy of “The Wire,” Season 4 on DVD up for grabs.

The overarching themes of the show (set in Baltimore) were the failures of the educational system and local law enforcement.

For the Ricochet Giveaway “Wire” round, we want to see examples of reporting about police and education programs that have worked or are showing clear signs of improvement in the community.

The Rules:

  • One entry per person.
  • The entry must be from a community blog, news blog or news outlet — mainstream or not.
  • The entry must be mostly original reporting. Links within the report are fine.
  • The entry should come from a community you have ties to. It doesn’t have to be your employer, it doesn’t have to be your own work, and it doesn’t have to be an all-text + photo piece. Video, slideshows and interactives are welcome.
  • Entries from smaller outlets would be very much appreciated.
  • Deadline: Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET.

To Enter: Post the link to your entry in comments. Include contact info. Again, one entry per person, please.

To Win: Winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced here and on Twitter on Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET. The drawing result is final, as is the prize, which we’ll send to you via

Let other reporters and bloggers know about this contest too. There is bound to be a lot of good work on the Web in police and education reporting. And if you enter, good luck!

Photo: Brungrrl/Flickr