MisinfoCon coming back in 2019

Greetings, hacks and hackers! MozFest is still accepting proposals for sessions at the open web festival, so get your pitches in. Heads up! We're accepting #mozfest session proposals now through August 1. Want to run a workshop on encrypted messaging? Or host a roundtable discussion about building better recommendation algorithms? Apply today: — Mozilla (@mozilla) July 9, 2019 And check out the wide array of Hacks/Hackers-type events all over the world at the bottom of this newsletter.

Jul 14, 2019

Gamifying fake news

Hello, hacks and hackers! Check out the “fake news” game, data viz textbook and other new tools and resources in this week’s “Worth a Read”: Worth a read: Cambridge researchers developed a browser game that puts users into a role as a news producer where they have to learn how to spot fake news (Nature) A data scientist used Python and open data to build an interactive map of all food/drink places in Edinburgh with outdoor seating, and she documented her process (Towards Data Science) Claus Wilke wrote an entire textbook on data visualization in R Markdown using RStudio as his text editor, it’s also available as a hard copy (Fundamentals of Data Visualization) How I Used Python and Open Data to Build an Interactive Map of Edinburgh’s Beer Gardens https://t.

Jul 9, 2019

Introducing Hacks/Hackers Seoul

Hey everyone, please welcome the newest branch of the Hacks/Hackers family: Seoul just opened a chapter in conjunction with Data Journalism Korea. They had their first event on Friday and are taking new members on their Meetup group. Worth a read: Slack, a communication app that many newsrooms and tech teams have relied on for the past few years, just became a publicly traded company (Nieman Lab) The New York Times created a publicly available data boot camp to teach its reporters some data journalism basics like navigating spreadsheets, analyzing data and translating the findings into impactful stories (The New York Times) Jeremie Harris, the co-founder of a startup geared at mentoring data scientists, compiled a checklist of necessary skills data scientists need to know to be able to land jobs, which comes in handy for data journalists too (Towards Data Science) Upcoming events:

Jun 30, 2019

Data Journalism Award winners announced

We’re halfway through the year, hacks and hackers! The Data Journalism Awards were presented this weekend at the GEN Summit in Athens, and the IRE Conference took place in Houston, Texas. Congratulations to the nominees and winners of the 2019 @GENinnovate #DataJournalismAwards. Pleased to have represented the @GoogleNewsInit in #Athens to present an award this evening. Amazing entries from around the world. — Matt Cooke (@mattcooke_uk) June 14, 2019 You can see the DJA winners here and catch more lessons, tipsheets and more at #GENsummit and #IRE19.

Jun 16, 2019

Learn audience engagement techniques this summer

Hello, hacks and hackers! The Knight Center is offering a new course in audience engagement called “Know your audience: Strategies for increasing reach & engagement of your journalism” this summer. The course will run from July 15 to August 11 and is taught by the Texas Tribune’s chief audience officer Amanda Zamora. Find out more here. Worth a read: Twitter announced it will no longer attach locations to tweets, except for photos, striking a win for privacy but a loss for social media geolocation.

Jun 16, 2019

Hacks/Hackers tests pilot program promoting diversity

Hello, hacks and hackers! MozFest is turning 10 this year, and they just opened their call for session proposals. The conference will take place October in London. Submit your proposals here by August 1. We know you’ve been preparing for this day all year...the call for #mozfest session proposals is officially open. We can’t wait to hear your ideas! — Mozilla Festival (@mozillafestival) June 5, 2019 In other news, Hacks/Hackers is launching a new pilot program.

Jun 9, 2019

Apply to teach about online freedom of expression

Hello, hacks and hackers! The Open Technology Fund is looking for fellows for its Digital Integrity Fellowship Program, which provides monthly stipends to individuals who can help address threats to freedom of expression online in communities and organizations. Apply now for the @OpenTechFund Digital Integrity Fellowship Program! Deadline: July 15th. This digital security assistance-focused fellowship program can support individuals for twelve months. The monthly stipend is $5,000. — InternetFF (@InternetFF) May 26, 2019 The fellowship program is open to international candidates, and the deadline to apply is July 15.

Jun 2, 2019

Learn newsroom leadership skills with Columbia professors

Hi, hacks and hackers! Columbia University’s J-school partnered with the Google News Initiative Newsroom Leadership Program to create a free, year-long, part-time training program for newsroom leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region. Applications open for the @GoogleNewsInit Newsroom Leadership Program w/ @columbiajourn - a free, yearlong part-time program to equip senior journalists in the Asia-Pacific with the skills to lead technology and data-driven newsrooms. Apply at — Google News Initiative (@GoogleNewsInit) April 24, 2019 The deadline to apply for the program is June 26 and you can find more info about it here.

May 26, 2019

Study Data J in the UK

Hello, hacks and hackers! Are you a working journalist who’s interested in honing your data skills? Paul Bradshaw, one of the founders of H/H Birmingham, created a Master’s curriculum that you can take on part-time: 👁 I'm looking for journalists already working in the industry who are interested in studying data journalism part time - I've set up a PGCert in Data Journalism at @BCUJournalism for exactly that... #ddj

May 19, 2019

Majority of journalists consider stats and studies very important

Hello, hacks and hackers! John Wihbey, a journalism professor at Northeastern University, surveyed journalists for his new book The Social Fact: News and Knowledge in a Networked World, where he explores how “the structure of news, information, and knowledge and their flow through society are changing.” from the wise and talented @wihbey - get his book! Journalists know they need to get better with data and statistics, but they have a long way to go https://t.

May 12, 2019