News at the International Journalism Festival

Apr 7, 2019

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Greetings, hacks and hackers! The International Journalism Festival happened this weekend in Perugia, Italy, and if you weren’t able to be there, the #IFJ19 tweeters have you covered.

It also saw the launch of, which offers members The Data Journalism Handbook, 1Password, DIFFBOT and a host of other tools.

Happening this week:

Worth a read:

  • Plotly created a guide for using their new open source Python viz library called Plotly Express that makes interactive plots in a single function call (Plotly)
  • Whenever an agency dumps hundreds of pages of documents at once, what tools do news orgs use to search through them on deadline to publish stories? Factful tested out seven different OCR tools and compared the results (Open News)
  • A PhD student at the University of Missouri analyzed interviews from a survey on trust in news done by the Reynolds Journalism Institute and found that 77.8% of news readers said that balance is what separates good journalism from bad (RJI)

Upcoming events:

Month Day City Country Event
April 8-10 Lisbon Portugal IPTC Spring Meeting
April 12-13 Austin US International Symposium on Online Journalism
April 30-1 San Jose US Facebook Developer Conference
May 2-3 Addis Ababa Ethiopia UNESCO World Press Freedom Day
May 13-17 San Francisco US The Web Conference
May 16-19 Mechelen Belgium European Investigative Journalism Conference
May 17-19 Prague Czech Republic Wikimedia Hackathon
May 24-28 Washington, D.C. US ICA Conference
May 27-28 Bonn Germany DW Global Media Forum
June 1-3 Glasgow UK World News Media Conference
June 11-14 Tunis Tunisia RightsCon Tunis
June 13-15 Athens Greece GEN Summit
June 13-16 Houston US Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference
June 19-21 Cape Town South Africa Global Fact-Checking Summit
July 19-21 Toronto Canada International Conference on Social Media & Society

Job openings:

Location Employer Opening
China Oriental Press Group Java Analyst/Programmer
China Oriental Press Group Web Producer
China South China Morning Post Engineer, Ad Tech - Product
US American Press Institute Freelance Developer for Analytics Application Support
US FRONTLINE Senior Developer
US Data and Investigative Projects Editor
US The Philadelphia Inquirer Design Director
US The Philadelphia Inquirer Product Design Manager
US Simons Foundation Data Reporter
US Spectrum Data Reporter
US Wall Street Journal Visuals Editor

Other opportunities:

Deadline Fund
Rolling Solutions Journalism Network Freelance Fund
Rolling Ukraine Media Development Fund
Rolling Contest fees for submitting solutions stories
April Magic grants from The Brown Institute for Media Innovation
April Data Journalism Awards for free trip to Athens for GEN Summit

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