Chapters kick off 2016 with meetups and Connect events

Welcome to 2016, hacks and hackers! It’s been six weeks since our last newsletter and several chapters have been keeping the fires burning, including San Francisco, which had its first Connect event last weekend. Here’s what’s coming up next:

The week ahead:

  • Amsterdam stages a hackathon for refugees on Friday and Saturday, aiming to find solutions to the current migrant and refugee crisis in the Netherlands.
  • The Missouri chapter holds its weekly lab in Columbia, Missouri, on Wednesday.
  • Miami gathers for their weekly OpenHack on Monday to work on individual projects.
  • Berlin hosts scientists on Tuesday to talk about what they and journalists can learn from each other.
  • Halifax is having its first full session on Wednesday, featuring social media journalists from local outlets.
  • London comes together for a Connect event on Friday and Saturday. Keep reading for more on the Connect series.

Chapter spotlight:

San Francisco held its Connect event last weekend, a two-day media entrepreneurship extravaganza, aimed at planting seeds for new media ventures. Check out some of the lessons learned at #hhconnect and #hhcxn.

The next Connect event will take place in London next week, Feb. 5-6. Applications to be a participant have closed, but they’re still looking for volunteers – email cassiewerber@gmail.com if you’re interested. You can find the details on the event here and follow along on Twitter.

Worth a read:

  • Jeremy Merrill, a journalist and programmer at NYT, and one of the brains behind Tabula, made an airplane tracker for his windowsill (Mashable)
  • Speaking of air travel, Quartz tracked private helicopters in Switzerland using a hand-built antenna on an apartment rooftop (Quartz)
  • The latest round of Knight News Challenge projects had the theme of “data,” and 17 winners were announced on Tuesday (Knight)
  • The “Snowpiercer” Scenario: WNYC is bunkering down and planning for the ultimate snowstorm using data, interviews and wild speculation (WNYC)

Job openings:

Call to action:

Let’s start 2016 with a clean slate: What is something you learned in 2015? Just one thing. Doesn’t have to be the best or deepest or most important – just pick one at random. Shoot me a response to this email and I’ll share it, or share it with everybody at #hackshackers.

Another call to action: If you know of a job, event, chapter to highlight or even just a reading suggestion, respond to this email and it will reach Samantha Sunne, our new newsletter writer. Thanks, everybody! Here’s to a 2016 full of journohacks.

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Newsletter: Last update of 2015 | Events in Zurich, Portland, Vienna and more | Spotlight on Colorado | Job openings

This is your last update until 2016 — the newsletter will be on hiatus until the new year. Happy holidays and may the rest of your 2015 be full of good cheer.

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The week(s) ahead:

Job openings:

(Have a job opening to share? Let us know.)

Chapter spotlight: Hacks/Hackers Colorado

Last night, hacks and hackers gathered in snowy Denver to hear from several great speakers, including a reporter who covered the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

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Another notable speaker was Open Media Foundation’s Leo Kacenjar who spoke about a tool he built for searching videos of public meetings. Check out the tool and other tweets from the event.  

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Leo Kacenjar speaks at Hacks/Hackers Colorado’s meetup on Dec. 8.

Worth a read:

Call to action:

Share your favorite pieces of data-driven or interactive journalism of 2015. You can post them on our Facebook page, or share on Twitter using #HHreads.

That’s all for this week.

A note from the author: This is my last week writing the newsletter for Hacks/Hackers. Thanks to everyone who’s replied, contributed, and offered feedback over the past few months. I hope it’s a fun read for you each week. – Julia Haslanger

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Newsletter: Events in Montreal, Argentina, Dublin and Denver | Spotlight on Halifax, Nova Scotia | Job openings

Ten events in the next seven days! And in the past week, we’ve also had several great events, including Hacks/Hackers Vancouver powering through their meetup by only candlelight:

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The week ahead:

  • Hacks/Hackers Halifax launches.
  • As part of the WordCamp US Community Summit, Hacks/Hackers Philly is co-hosting a meetup about the intersections of WordPress and media.
  • In Montreal, tonight’s event is all about maps: how to use map templates, satellite imagery, gather and distribute geographic data, and more.
  • Hacks/Hackers IRE in Columbia, Mo., will be building a news quiz app using Django.
  • In Rosario, Argentina, the chapter holds its year-end event with speakers talking about data viz, open data, and government projects.
  • Dublin’s chapter is partnering up to host a data journalism hackathon this weekend using data collected around “attitudes to work”.
  • Hacks/Hackers Singapore holds “Micro Hack Mondays” on the first Monday of the month.
  • In Austin, the chapter is joining up with the Austin Web community for the Holiday Web Bash.
  • Hacks/Hackers Colorado meets up in Denver to hear from speakers from the Open Media Foundation, Riddle, and a reporter for USA Today who covered the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs.
  • In D.C., the chapter has its holiday mixer with DC Media Innovations and The DC MUG.

So many end-of-year and holiday parties coming up. Hope you have your party hat ready!

Job openings:

  • SourceFabric is looking for a full-stack web developer to join their Superdesk team in Prague. (Submitted by Letizia Gambini)
  • NewCo Media is hiring a producer in San Francisco. (Submitted by Khari Johnson)

(Have a job opening to share? Let us know.)

Chapter spotlight: Hacks/Hackers Halifax

Doing something a little different today and highlighting a chapter that’s just about to come into existence (tonight!). From brand-new chapter organizer Rachel Ward:

“Here in Nova Scotia, we’re hosting our first Hacks/Hackers meeting Wednesday evening! We’re hoping to fully launch in January with monthly events. Please send us well wishes. We’re super excited.“

Say hi to Rachel and the rest of the team in Halifax:

@HacksHackersHFX

https://www.facebook.com/HacksHackersHFX/

@wardrachel

rachel.ward@cbc.ca

Worth a read:

That’s all for this week. See you next Wednesday.

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Connect events SF, London, NYC | Spotlight on LA | Chapter events in Santiago, Halifax, Philly

Hacks/Hackers Connect, the launchpad event series for news-media entrepreneurs developed in partnership with Google News Labs, is on the road again. Mark your calendars now for the next three events:

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Until then…

The week ahead:

  • Hacks/Hackers Vancouver holds its inaugural media startup showcase.
  • The São Paulo chapter discusses infographics with Beatriz Blanco at its next gathering.  
  • Hacks/Hackers Santiago hosts a day-long event about using public government spending data. 
  • In New York, the chapter holds lightning talks and panel discussion on “the challenges of encouraging civil discourse: the product decisions, the engineering challenges and the whole crazy ball of wax that is human conversation.”
  • Hacks/Hackers London’s November meetup includes hearing from Buzzfeed UK editor-in-chief Janine Gibson. 
  • As part of the WordCamp US Community Summit, Hacks/Hackers Philly is co-hosting a meetup about the intersections of WordPress and media. 
  • Another new chapter launching (woohoo!) – this one in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Now try saying “Hacks/Hackers Halifax” five times fast.)

Job openings:
None to report this week. If you have an open position, send it our way!

Chapter spotlight: Hacks/Hackers Los Angeles

The LA chapter began its reboot just a few weeks ago, and already held a great event where people from the L.A. Times data desk talked through their process for a few projects. You can see the slides or watch a few videos from the event (thanks to Ben Welsh for sharing). 

Worth a read:

Call to action: 
In honor of U.S. Thanksgiving, today’s call to action is simply this: Say thanks to whoever makes your Hacks/Hackers experience wonderful. Maybe that’s an organizer, or a coworker who invited you to your first event, or someone who always shows up smiling. Our Hacks/Hackers community is made up of thousands of thoughtful, dedicated people, and thanks to each of you for being a part of it.

See you next week. 

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Announcing new Connect events in SF, London & NYC

 

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After a few months spent toiling in the Hacks/Hackers laboratory, we’re back and happy to announce the details for Connect events in San Francisco, London, and NYC.

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The San Francisco event will take place on the weekend of January 22 at the startup co-working space Runway, followed by events in London on the weekend of February 5 at Rainmaking Loft, and New York City on the weekend of February 26 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

In partnership with the Google News LabConnect enables local Hacks/Hackers chapters to tailor events to support innovation within their communities. This includes partnering with leading early-stage investors, digital agencies and academic programs, including Seedcamp (London), Grand Central Tech (NYC), Medill University’s Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship program (San Francisco), Alley Interactive (San Francisco, NYC), Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY (NYC) and NYC Media Lab (NYC).

Connect, which launched its first event in Berlin in June, is an ambitious series that aims for every event to be designed and built by and for the community in which it runs.

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By collaborating with organizers and members from the extensive Hacks/Hackers chapter network, Connect benefits from a wealth of local experience ensuring events are highly-tailored and targeted to the local media landscape, and aspire to deliver practical skills for those interested in building and developing news-related technology or content businesses.

Hacks/Hackers is also working with chapters to expand the program to new locations with planning underway for events in Austin, Barcelona, Brussels, Miami, and Paris. If you’re interested in hosting a Connect event in your city, or getting involved in an event near you, please get in touch.

Thanks for reading & stay tuned for registration details!

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Newsletter: Nov. 18, 2015: Hacks and hackers gathering in Munich, Lima, Los Angeles and more | Spotlight on Buenos Aires

Happy Wednesday! Watch for news soon from Hacks/Hackers about the next Connect events in New York, San Francisco and London.

The week ahead:

Job openings:

Chapter spotlight: Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires

Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires has more than 5000 members on Meetup, and held its 50th event this past week. The chapter held its first event way back in April 2011. More recently, you might’ve heard about the awesome (and well-attended) Media Party that the chapter hosted in August:

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You can see videos from the Media Party on the Hacks/HackersBA’s YouTube channel.

Worth a read:

Call to action: Be inspired.

Last week, we asked what great data journalism you’ve seen done about the migration and refugee crisis. Here are the responses, in hopes that they can both inform and inspire you, as the best projects can:

  • The Refugee Project: “The Refugee Project is an interactive map of refugee migrations around the world in each year since 1975. UN data is complemented by original histories of the major refugee crises of the last four decades, situated in their individual contexts.” via Jacqui Maher
  • Two Billion Miles by Channel 4 News: “Follow in the footsteps of migrants and refugees as they face the hardships of months on the road. Choose your route and make tough decisions in this interactive video story, featuring real footage from extraordinary journeys made this year.”  via Jacqui Maher
  • The Migrant Files, reported by “a consortium of journalists from over 15 European countries.” It won the Global Editors Network’s Data Journalism Award in 2014 for single-topic stories.  via Stephan Faris

That’s it for this week. Have an excellent rest of your day.

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Newsletter: Nov. 11, 2015 | Events in Buenos Aires, Nairobi, Paris and more | MozFest recap | Job openings | Spotlight on Singapore

A wonderful moment happened last week: Hacks/Hackers folks from all over the world met up in London at MozFest to brainstorm the future of Hacks/Hackers. They chatted about how they what Hacks/Hackers mission, structure and activities could look like in 2017. For more about the group talked about, notes are here: bit.ly/hhroots Check out all their smiling faces:

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Photo by Phillip Smith.

The week ahead for Hacks/Hackers:

Chapter spotlight:

Hacks/Hackers Singapore held an event last week where they critiqued election graphics. You can watch it on YouTube: 

There are links to the graphics they discussed within the YouTube description. The chapter also has a nicely active Facebook page.

Job openings:

  • Properati is looking for data journalists for its Mexico and Chile blogs. (Submitted by Martin Sarsale)
  • Der Standard is also looking for a data journalist. (Submitted by Markus Hametner)

(Have a job opening to share? Let us know.)

Worth a read:

Call to action:

What’s the best piece of data journalism you’ve seen about the refugee crisis or migration in general? Reply to this email, post it on our Facebook page, or share it on Twitter with #HHreads. We’ll collect the responses and share them in next week’s newsletter.

That’s a wrap. Cheers to a busy week ahead!


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Newsletter: Nov. 4, 2015: Hacks/Hackers at MozFest | Events in Singapore, Bengaluru | Job openings

A cute tweet-length story to start off your newsletter:

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Awww. Have your own Hacks/Hackers love story? Send it my way.

The week ahead for Hacks/Hackers:

Chapter spotlight:

The Islamabad chapter held its first meetup on Monday. A good group of more than a dozen people came out to discuss using earthquake data. Check out photos on Hacks/Hackers Pakistan’s Facebook page and tweets from the event.

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Job openings:

(Have a job opening to share? Let us know.)

Worth a read:

Call to action:

Invite a friend or colleague to learn more about Hacks/Hackers, either by asking them to sign up for this newsletter, to join their local Hacks/Hackers chapter, or to follow the @HacksHackers Twitter or Facebook accounts. We like making new friends.

See you next week!

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Newsletter: Oct. 28, 2015

Happy Wednesday. Starting next week, we’ll include job postings as a section of this newsletter. If you’re hiring for a position that’d be of interest to Hacks/Hackers members, send it our way.

The week ahead for Hacks/Hackers:

  • In Montréal tonight, they’ll be learning about Crypto 101 – Secure communication for journalists – including understanding encryption and tools to use for protection from government surveillance.
  • In Zürich, the chapter will hear how Neue Zürcher Zeitung built this beautiful 3-D interactive about the first ascent of the Matterhorn.
  • Hacks/Hackers Denmark hosts an event in Copenhagen, “Transforming Journalism Through Interactivity” with speakers from The Wall Street Journal and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
  • The Hong Kong chapter meets up at Google’s offices to hear from Isao Matsunami, James Griffiths (CNN) and Pili Hu (Initium Media).
  • The new Islamabad chapter of Hacks/Hackers Pakistan holds its very first meeting. (Always great to see new chapters launching.)
  • In Amsterdam, the chapter is holding a “Refugee Hackathon.” It aims to bring journalists, technologist and organizations together to chat about existing and potential future projects and collaborations. From the event page: “We hope this meetup will be the first in a series of meetups on this topic, where we can come together to build a better situation for what is currently a crisis.”

Spotlight: Hacks/Hackers event at Stanford

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Bay Area Hacks/Hackers met up at Stanford on Tuesday to hear from folks from CIR, Vocativ and SmartNews. Gerald Rich talked about GIS and online mapping tools for data visualizations (notes are here: bit.ly/hhstanford-maps), Naoki Orii from SmartNews discussed the difference between exploration and exploitation in algorithmic recommendations, and Allison McCartney explained her work on the interface for Reveal’s The Lost and Found project to crowdsource connecting missing persons and unidentified bodies in cold cases. For tweets and photos from the event, here’s a Storify.

Worth a read:

Call to action:

Thanks to those of you who shared your thoughts on how to improve hackshackers.com last week.

This week, another survey for you: Pete MacRobert of Hacks/Hackers London would love to hear about your experience using Meetup (or not) for Hacks/Hackers events, as he and others think about an open-source alternative platform for communities like ours: http://bit.ly/meetupquestionnaire

And if you missed it a couple weeks ago, we’re still looking for feedback about how this newsletter works for you and how it can be improved.

That’s all for now. See you next Wednesday.
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Newsletter: Oct. 21, 2015

Happy Wednesday. Hacks/Hackers Austin celebrated its 5th birthday last night with cake, tacos and an event on media innovation. Cheers to another 5 years!

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The week ahead for Hacks/Hackers:

  • The Miami Hacks/Hackers chapter holds a Q&A with the founders of the media startup The New Tropic.
  • In Vancouver, the local chapter is meeting up for a social event, to commiserate about the seasons changing (and relax now that the national election is complete). http://www.meetup.com/HacksHackersVancouver/events/225856238/
  • In Los Angeles, a group of Hacks/Hackers are getting together to plan promotion and recruiting for their next event, and to discuss the ‘Follow the 990 Money’ project.
  • Also in California, the San Francisco Hacks/Hackers is meeting at Stanford University to chat about computational journalism with folks from CIR, Vocativ and SmartNews.
  • The Barcelona chapter gathers to discuss election data.
  • In Montréal, they’ll be learning about Crypto 101 – Secure communication for journalists – including understanding encryption and tools to use for protection from government surveillance.
  • In Venice, member Carlo Felice Dalla Pasqua shares what he learned while at the Online News Association conference. (This was rescheduled from a few weeks ago due to bad weather.)
  • Hacks/Hackers Helsinki is holding an event around the refugee crisis. Other chapters are also hosting events on that topic in the next few weeks, including Amsterdam.

Chapter spotlight: Hacks/Hackers Dublin

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Last night, the Dublin chapter packed a room at RTE to hear about data-driven investigations. Discussion ranged from FOI data quality to using D3 to how data stories can drive traffic and lead the front page. Two very different projects highlighted during the event: Seeking Asylum in Ireland (RTE Investigations Unit) and Ireland’s Cheapest Pints (Irish Mirror). For more from the event, here’s a Storify.

Worth a read:

(Note: If you have a link to suggest for this section, tweet it with #HHreads)

Call to action:

A quick survey to help Hacks/Hackers find ways to help you do your hackish and hackerish things with your local chapter:

See you next week.

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