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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Hacks/Hackers holds more than 40 events in May

Welcome to May, hacks and hackers. Miami is gearing up for its highly anticipated Connect event next weekend, with Brussels coming up next month. Go here to express your interest in attending, or follow along at #hhconnect.

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Brisbane, Australia, held its April meetup last week, focusing on how to wrestle great storytelling out of mountains of text.

Co-organizer Simon Elvery, who helped re-launch the chapter earlier this year, said they’ve had most success finding sponsors by engaging with the community, especially through meetups coordinated with other groups.

”Essentially it was just through announcement at the first meetup. One of the speakers at the first event asked his employer about sponsoring H/H. We’ve also attempted to get sponsorship through directly sending a proposal to a local industry group. We’ve received some level of interest in sponsoring, but no agreement yet.”

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Hacks/Hackers reaches 50,000 members on Meetup

Greetings, hacks and hackers, and happy Friday. Hacks/Hackers now officially has more than 50,000 members across 63 Meetup groups – and tens of thousands more connected on Facebook, Google and other channels. Let’s take a look at what these trailblazing groups are up to next week.

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Warsaw held its first meeting ever, which brought more than 60 journalists and techies from various media outlets in Poland.

Organizer Jakub Górnicki said they focused mostly on the tech possibilities for investigative reporting.

“Krzysiek Madejski from Code for Poland showcased many tech solutions which can be used by investigative reporters and award winning reporter Bianka Mikołajewska shared her experiences from many years of investigative experience. She said, “Every time I publish a story I am sued. I won every time.”

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  • CNN is looking for an intern in Johannesburg

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Hacks/Hackers chapters worldwide dive into the #PanamaPapers

Hope you had a productive week, hacks and hackers. Let’s have a round of applause for Warsaw, who kicked off their very first Hacks/Hackers event on Tuesday. You can check out their adventures at #hhwaw:

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Hacks/Hackers Munich (München in German) invited local startup founders to intro and demo their apps – one for searching government requests and one for linking segments of data in the form of text. Co-organizer Bernd Oswald said diversity in both speakers and organizers has helped their chapter appeal to a large number of attendees.

“We are three organizers and discuss in a slack channel about speakers and locations. We usually try to offer three speakers, one from journalism, one from coding and one from design, to make the HH meetups appealing for people from all of these branches.

From time to time we are trying to invite big names from famous media in Munich, maybe this will work in our next meeting. One of the speakers – Maxi from kleineanfragen – approached us and asked, whether he could give a speech at the next HH meeting.”

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  • The International Women’s Media Foundation is accepting applications for reporting fellowships in El Salvador and Colombia

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Hacks/Hackers Connect spreads across the southern United States

Connect Austin went off with a bang yesterday, and Miami is already in full swing getting ready for Connect Miami coming up in one month. If you or someone you know is interested in learning about media startups in Florida, send us your info here!

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  1. Venice is hosting the makers of media projects Media Vox Pop and Formicablu
  2. Miami is holding its regular OpenHack Miami
  3. IRE is also holding its regular open lab in mid-Missouri

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Austin held a special one-day Connect event on Thursday, featuring entrepreneur extraordinaire Ash Maurya.

Miami is prepping for its own event in May (register for details here!), just after holding a Media Party last week:

And our partners at Google News Lab released their own video, of the Connect event in NYC several weeks ago:

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Media Party Miami brings speakers from all over Latin America

Greetings, hacks and hackers! It’s just one week til Connect Austin, and in the meantime, Miami is staging a mediathon, Karachi is learning Instagram, and London is nabbing data guru Simon Rogers for its monthly meetup.

We’re still looking for input on the new Hacks/Hackers website, so please pass the RFI along to any coders, designers or other Internet makers you may know. We’re still accepting proposals through April 11.

The week ahead:

  • The Pakistan chapter is teaching journalists to use Instagram in Karachi
  • Miami and IRE are holding their regular weekly open labs
  • Paris is discussing producing new media elements like Snapchat and video 360
  • London is featuring a few all-star speakers, including Simon Rogers, Google’s data editor
  • Miami is partnering with Chicas Poderosas to hold a “mediathon”
  • Austin is holding its first Connect event, featuring Ash Maurya the creator of the Lean Canvas and author of Running Lean, as well as session leaders from the Daily Dot, IBM Watson, Vox Media, and The Texas Tribune.

We’re excited to bring the Connect series to Austin next week, just in time for the International Symposium on Online Journalism. Spots are still open, so register before invites run out! And, as always, follow along at #HHConnect.

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Miami kicked off its own Media Party last weekend, featuring media representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela and the U.S.

Co-organizer Mariana Santos said H/H Miami is still experimenting with the event, which was inspired by the wildly successful HHBA Media Party in Buenos Aires.

“With over 5,000 members, the Hacks/Hackers group in Buenos Aires is much older and more established, and we can’t just transplant the same event from Argentina to Miami without doing more work to inform the community first. We will put more work into promoting the opportunities so people know what they can expect from an event like this.

After the event, we talked about how to reach more people in Miami for next year’s event. We concluded that breaking up the event into smaller events throughout the year would give us more promotion of the event.”

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