Samantha Sunne

Relief funds for local news orgs

Hello, hacks and hackers! The Google News Initiative (GNI) created a Global Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to financially assist local news organizations that are struggling to stay afloat while covering COVID-19 in their communities. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1250318949423517696', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1250318949423517696'), ); Publishers from anywhere in the world can apply for funding by April 29, and you can find informational videos about the fund in several different languages on GNI’s YouTube channel.

Apr 19, 2020

New freelance and remote job opportunities

Greetings, hacks and hackers. We’re hoping everyone is staying safe. There has been a lot of upheaval in the news industry lately - even more than usual. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1247497250898677760', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1247497250898677760'), ); We included an especially large collection of freelance and remote jobs this week, so please check it out or share with fellow journos in need. The week ahead: London is visualizing coronavirus cases (online) Nigeria is fact-checking coronavirus information (online) Worth a read:

Apr 12, 2020

How to keep in touch while staying at home

Hello, hacks and hackers! We hope everyone is staying safe. Some local Hacks/Hackers groups have started holding meetups online. If you’re thinking about doing the same, keep these tips in mind: Get a paid account for more security. Marcela Kunova, who organized the recent virtual meetup for H/H Brighton, said free accounts can leave you too vulnerable to hackers and “Zoom bombers.” Poll your community to see which platform to use.

Apr 6, 2020

H/H Brighton is back, and it's online

Hello, hacks and hackers! The Hacks/Hackers Brighton group is rebooting with a virtual meetup this Tuesday. Join in online to talk about audience engagement and monetizing online content. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1238151749241901056', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1238151749241901056'), ); Reminder that applications are still open for COVID-19 coverage grants from the Pulitzer Center and WikiCred grants for Wikipedia credibility solutions. Updated events: Global Media Forum 2020 has been canceled Worth a read:

Mar 29, 2020

New grants to cover the coronavirus and credibility solutions

Hello, hacks and hackers. The coronavirus has obviously taken over most coverage in many countries around the world today. The Pulitzer Center and the Lenfest Institute are offering short-term grants to help news orgs cover this issue. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1240319231767576577', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1240319231767576577'), ); MisinfoCon and organizers of a Wikipedia event also announced grant funding for projects that help Wikipedia convey credibility. Applications will be accepted through April 6th.

Mar 22, 2020

Teaching, gathering and working remotely

Hello again, hacks and hackers! Many of our upcoming events, including some local Hacks/Hackers meetups, have been canceled. Poynter is keeping an updated list, and we have updated the events in our newsletter below. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1237547773093797888', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1237547773093797888'), ); Luckily, technology and journalism are two fields that adapt well to staying home. This is a good time to brush up on tips for remote work, remote learning and even remote conferences.

Mar 15, 2020

Covering the coronavirus outbreak

Hello, hacks and hackers! Coronavirus has reached the journalism world, and hacks and hackers around the world are getting ready. Splice, SXSW and the International Journalism Festival have been canceled. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1235246385664086016', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1235246385664086016'), ); The events listed in this newsletter will be updated with any changes. Read below for tips and techniques for covering your community. Worth a read: The International Fact-Checking Network is compiling fact-checks on the coronavirus.

Mar 7, 2020

Audience engagement, a global call and a jazz party this week

It’s almost time for NICAR, hacks and hackers! If you’ll be in New Orleans, please join us for live jazz and beignets (little French-style donuts). twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1232671492351107072', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1232671492351107072'), ); And don’t forget to join us Wednesday for our global call. We’ll be talking on Wednesday, the 4th of March. The week ahead: Berlin is talking about audience engagement New Orleans is enjoying jazz and beignets Worth a read:

Mar 1, 2020

MisinfoCon and NICAR from afar

Hello, hacks and hackers! If you missed MisinfoCon in DC this weekend, you can check out some of the takeaways on the #MisinfoCon hashtag. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1230970429654913025', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1230970429654913025'), ); And don’t forget, the NICAR data journalism conference is coming up this weekend in New Orleans. You can follow that one at #NICAR20. And don’t forget you have until the end of the month to apply for a $3,000 USD prize for reporting using freedom of information.

Feb 16, 2020

Readings on data science, data viz and data feminism

Welcome back, hacks and hackers! If you’re in the London area, Hacks/Hackers London is asking for input on how to be inclusive and engaging. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1227949155802284033', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1227949155802284033'), ); They’re also meeting this Wednesday to talk about audience engagement - find out more details on their Eventbrite page here. Worth a read: Towards Data Science wrote a quick, simple guide that visualizes and explains how six of the most popular machine learning models work (Towards Data Science) Data Feminism is a new book publishing later this year that explores data science and data ethics thru the lens of intersectional feminism, and you can read a pre-publication excerpt here (Nightingale) The Economist wrote up a piece about how they translate data vizzes into compelling Instagram posts by doing things like keeping consistent colors and writing copy that engages their audience (The Economist) twttr.

Feb 16, 2020