Election year for Hacks/Hackers across the world

Greetings, hacks and hackers. This is turning out to be an election year in more way than one, with referendums rocking Europe, attempted government changes erupting in Turkey and campaigns turning out high drama in the United States. London and Paris have both held meetups on polling data for their respective elections, and many other chapters will probably follow suit before the year is out.

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Last month, Paris held a session on polling data, prepping for an upcoming election. Datagif, a consulting agency, presented some ideas on recycling tools from American outlets for the French election. Alexandre Lechenet, one of the organizers, said they tried to focus on the real, rather than innovation for innovation’s sake.

“For each session, we advice the speaker to focus on something they did rather than something they plan to do. That gives us the opportunity to talk about concrete material.”

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Robots in Munich; mapping in Boulder

Happy July, hacks and hackers. Meetups tripled from last week to this, with chapters building robots, making maps and hacking hackathons from Portland to Patagonia. Los Angeles also rebooted last week, with the first of a two-parter workshop on Javascript and D3. Let’s check out their meetup and others coming up this week.

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Los Angeles partnered with Codesmith last week for a workshop on JavaScript. In September, they’ll follow up with a second session on D3.js. Organizer David Caswell said Codesmith was interested in teaching the events because they get to demonstrate their coding tutorials to journalists.

“This is an ideal partnership,” Caswell said. “Coding academies like Codesmith can take non-technical journalists to a remarkable level of technical ability in a very short time, with a hands-on practical teaching style that meshes very well with how journalists tend to work.

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Other upcoming events:

  • July 15 – Toronto, Canada – ONACamp Toronto
  • July 19 – Austin, Texas, USAFront Porch, a conference for web design and development
  • July 28-29 – Portland, Oregon, USASRC CON, a Mozilla conference for journalist coders
  • Aug 25-27 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires media party
  • Sept 15-17 – Denver, USA – ONA annual conference
  • Sept 17-20 – New Orleans, USA – SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference
  • Sept. 22 – New York, USA – NYC Media Lab Annual Summit, for executives, academics and startups to convene around future of media
    • (Hacks/Hackers community members can register with a 25% off discount code: HACKSHACKER)
  • Sept 23-24 – Toronto, Canada – Hacks/Hackers Connect Toronto
  • Sept 29-Oct 1 – Miami, USA – Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium

Hacks/Hackers global call coming up tomorrow!

Welcome to July, hacks and hackers! In the first half of 2016, H/H chapters held nearly 100 meetups in dozens of cities. We also held seven Connect events from San Francisco to London, with another coming up in Toronto in a couple months.

Tomorrow, we’re holding our monthly global call, so please join in!

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London held its June meetup last week, looking at polling data just before the Europe-shaking Brexit vote. The London meetups draw huge crowds of up to 200 people a month, so the organizers built a list of tasks ahead of time.

Organizer Joanna Geary shared the templates they use for assigning roles and tasks. “This means everyone knows what they have to do and stops too many last-minute panics!” she said.

Worth a read:

  • That surge of Britons “frantically Googling” the EU after Brexit turned out to be under than a thousand people (Medium)
  • The FAA finally announced its rules for drones, and Matt Waite explains what that means for drone journalists (Drone Journalism Lab)
  • Social networks are quietly beginning to ban extremist content using algorithms (Reuters)

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Other upcoming events:

  • July 19 – Austin, Texas, USAFront Porch, a conference for web design and development
  • July 28-29 – Portland, Oregon, USASRC CON, a Mozilla conference for journalist coders
  • July 29-31 – Atlanta, USA – the first Women Who Code hackathon
  • Sept. 22: NYC Media Lab Annual Summit, for executives, academics and startups to convene around future of media

Hacks/Hackers off and running after IRE, tronc and Brexit news

This week, journalists chortled over tronc’s “deadly swarm of buzzwords,” watched the U.S. Congress livestream over Periscope and traded tips and tools after a record-setting IRE conference. Let’s see what hacks and hackers are getting up to next week.

But first, consider taking a minute to answer OpenNews’s survey on how they can help journalists and technologists better expand their networks and collaborate. Knight and Mozilla partner with a lot of Hacks/Hackers folks, and dedicate a lot of time and money to making these kinds of projects accessible to hacks and hackers across the world.

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Austin, Texas, held a session last week on UX design. Co-organizer Becca Aaronson said her own outlet, The Texas Tribune, shared its techniques but also invited others to share, as a way to get the group more engaged.

“We had a ‘bad idea’ party, and everyone shared the worst possible ideas to improve news websites. It included everything from endless pop-ups to sites that make your phone explode, literally. The bad idea party got people laughing, and open to do creative thinking. It was a fun way to bring the group together, and everyone could actively participate.”

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Upcoming events:

  • July 19 – Austin, Texas, USAFront Porch, a conference for web design and development
  • July 28-29 – Portland, Oregon, USASRC CON, a Mozilla conference for journalist coders
  • July 29-31 – Atlanta, USA – the first Women Who Code hackathon

Hacks/Hackers cover tragedies, humanitarian issues

Welcome to the weekend, hacks and hackers. The media world, and the rest of the world, was rocked by news of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Poynter wrote an article on how the Orlando Sentinel, which has had two-thirds of its staff cut over the years, covered one of the most intense and devastating events in its history. The New York Times made an animated presentation of how its design and publication of the news changed as the story evolved.

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Conference season is firing along, with many journos and news hackers at the IRE conference in hot and humid New Orleans. (If you’re there, please say hi to our newsletter writer!)

The week ahead:

  • London is taking on the EU referendum debate with the head of political polling at YouGov
  • Miami is holding OpenHack Miami
  • IRE in mid-Missouri is holding its regular open lab

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Nairobi held a Hack4Humanity to coincide with the World Humanitarian Summit earlier this month. The 24-hour hackathon featured speakers from media, startups and government on how African media projects can intersect with the humanitarian community there.

“This will not be the last event of this kind as we continue working towards building and empowering a community of citizen data users in East Africa,” Moses Sitati wrote in a roundup.

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Other events coming up:

  • June 16-19 – New Orleans, USA – Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference
  • June 17-18 – Berlin, GermanyPopathon, a media hackathon
  • July 28-29 – Portland, Oregon, USASRC CON, a Mozilla conference for journalist coders
  • July 29-31 – Atlanta, USAWomen Who Code hackathon

Hacks/Hackers and other groups embrace conference season

Greetings, hacks and hackers. In case you haven’t noticed, summer might as well be called conference season. Last week, Connect and Dataharvest brought journalists together in Brussels. Next up for North America, IRE comes to New Orleans, SRC CON to Portland and Connect Toronto. Let’s take a look at what individual chapters have been up to.

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Connect Brussels brought 60 aspiring media entrepreneurs to Europe’s capital. Check out the photo gallery, courtesy of a professional photographer, on Facebook here.

Organizers said the event helped to revitalize the Brussels chapter, and Camille Pollie said she and others in Brussels will be organizing regular events for the Brussels chapter from here on.

“What I’ve learned is that it’s better to inspire people (in) the Hacks/Hackers community via regular events rather than organising a one-off event. We noticed that there is a big need for a more active Brussels Hacks/Hackers community. So after our event we’ve decided to resurrect the Hacks/Hackers community in Brussels and we’re trying to plan our first event.”

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Other events coming up:

  • June 16-19 – New Orleans, USA – Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference
  • June 17-18 – Berlin, GermanyPopathon, a media hackathon
  • July 28-29 – Portland, Oregon, USASRC CON, a Mozilla conference for journalist coders
  • July 29-31 – Atlanta, USAWomen Who Code hackathon

Hacks/Hackers Connect leaves Brussels, sets sights on Toronto

Welcome to June, hacks and hackers! Brussels just wrapped up another action-packed Connect, but Hacks/Hackers isn’t slowing down. We’re excited to announce Connect Toronto, coming to the great white north in September:

Next Tuesday, we’ll be catching up in our global call at 11 a.m. EST (1500 UTC), so please join us!

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Zurich, Switzerland, met this week to explore different ways to use social media for reporting, research and engagement. Organizer Christan Stettler said it was a benefit to the 3-year-old group to hold every meetup in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung media office.

This gave the group a structure where and when to meet, even if it’s the same venue every time. We do have regular attendees which show up every two to four months. And it’s also a social event where people stay for a drink, having a chat and do connect.”

Worth a read:

  • Code for Africa’s Omar Muhammed explained why WhatsApp is the tool of choice for media distribution and even reporting in Tanzania (Medium)
  • The Washington Post says it produces 500 articles a day, far more than the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or even BuzzFeed (Atlantic)
  • The revelation that billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled a lawsuit against Gawker has prompted comment from both sides on Silicon Valley’s interaction with the media and the First Amendment (NYTimes)

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Hacks/Hackers Connect Brussels is coming up next week

Hacks/Hackers Connect Brussels is almost upon us! You still have a few days to register, so spread the word! We’re excited to hold our third Connect event in Europe and to host a session on Google’s Digital News Initiative. It will take place the day the second round of applications open, June 2nd.

Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires also announced the dates for this year’s #HHBA Media Party:

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It’s been more than a month since ICIJ released the #PanamaPapers, but Hacks/Hackers chapters from France to Poland to Kenya have been dissecting the story and massive data leak. Last week, Munich and Berlin took the plunge.

ICIJ joined the data with the Offshore Leaks data, another monumental leak, to create a massive database of leaked documents that would have relevance in almost every country in the world.

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Hacks/Hackers Connect comes to Brussels

Happy Friday, hacks and hackers! We’re excited to bring the Connect series to Brussels in just two weeks. Connect Brussels is a pan-European event with participants attending from across the EU. Like all Connect events the focus is on building a vibrant media entrepreneurship community — only a few spots remain, so register today and spread the word to your colleagues in the region.

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South Africa’s constitution turned 20 years old last week, and Hacks/Hackers Johannesburg celebrated by holding a hackathon to make it more understandable and accessible. Next week, they’ll continue #HacktheConstitution in conjunction with TEDxJohannesburg and Design Share Party.

Co-organizer Adam Oxford said the initial meeting was geared toward gauging a level of commitment to this project, before the group hosts a series of several more.

“Our meetup was really a starting point for a project – an app or event that can be used to teach people about the SA constitution – that we think will be quite big by the time we finish it. Originally we’d hoped to have some structure in place by the end of the evening, but actually most people wanted to talk around the underlying issue in small groups.

This turned out to be really helpful, as the more people talked, the more committed they became to getting involved. Don’t be afraid to let people talk.”

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  • Africa:
  • North America:
    • McClatchy is looking for a full-stack developer to join its research team in Washington, D.C.
    • OpenSecrets is hiring a reporter to cover money in politics also in Washington, D.C.
    • Think tank New America Foundation is hiring a research associate
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Hacks/Hackers Connect Miami kicks off

Happy Friday the 13th, hacks and hackers. #HHConnect Miami fires off today and continues throughout the weekend:

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Last week, Hacks/Hackers Venezia (Venice) invited author Federico Badaloni to discuss his book “The Architecture of Communication.” Enrico Costa said he and the other organizers try to attract audiences with a wide range of talks and discussions.

”Our meetings are very informal and diverse in terms of members’ background. So far we have organized conversations and talks ranging from data and visual journalism to information architecture.

Our future goal is to gain higher levels of know-how through hands on practice through workshops or hackathons, but the trip is so amazing there is actually no hurry to get there!”

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