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:
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.)
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).
- Slides: bit.ly/hh_latdatadesk
- Video: Nicole Santa Cruz on “The Homicide Report”
- Video: Zahira Torres and Ryan Menezes on “Grading the Arts”
Worth a read:
- In Argentina, a Quiet Data Cruncher Aims to Bring Sense to a Raucous Election (NYTimes)
- Bringing you up to speed on AMP (David Besbris and Richard Gingras of Google)
- First Draft Coalition launches a site to help journalists verify social content (Nieman Lab)
- Is The Washington Post’s Martin Baron the Best News Editor of All Time? (Esquire)
- Social media drove more referrals than search for 2015’s biggest news stories (VentureBeat)
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.
Produced by Julia Haslanger. Say hi: @JuliaJRH