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Tune in this week

Welcome to February, hacks and hackers! If you feel so inclined, we’ll be chatting on our monthly global call on Wednesday: Worth a read: Ready to learn a new Python data viz library? This Medium post walks thru how to use plot.ly, which is like an upgraded version of matplotlib, to build great-looking, interactive plots with a single line of Python (Medium) Researchers are divided on why people are falling for fake news, so Nieman Lab compiled statements from different studies’ findings to explore all the reasons why fake news is spreading and what the consequences are (Nieman Lab) GIJN rounded up the best Arabic investigative journalism projects from the Middle East and North Africa, including an investigation into Egyptian oil ownership and an exposé on Tunisian money laundering (GIJN) If you've been looking to upgrade your data visualizations in Python, there's no better time than now:https://t.

Feb 3, 2019

Hacks/Hackers in the spotlight this month

Guess what, hacks and hackers! You’re in the news. This month, the Stirling News, The Times and The Scotsman all profiled MisinfoCon and H/H, due to MisinfoConX Scotland happening this week. #HacksHackers is in the news today: @Stirling_News talks #MisinfoConXSco and @hackshackerssco https://t.co/0vPrvZfXRs — Hacks/Hackers (@HacksHackers) January 24, 2019 You can follow MisinfoConX thoughts at #MisinfoConXSco. Plus, the Data Journalism Awards tapped H/H Taipei to talk about key trends in data reporting this year:

Jan 27, 2019

Learn how to automate your newsroom

Hello hacks and hackers! Interested in learning about the impact of AI journalism? The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is holding a free online course this spring for journalists to learn how to bring algorithms and automation to their newsrooms. 🖥️⌨️ Computational #journalism expert @ndiakopoulos will teach the @utknightcenter's four-week course “News Algorithms: The Impact of Automation and AI on Journalism,” that runs from Feb. 11 to March 10, 2019.

Jan 20, 2019

Attend a data journalism conference for free this year

Hello, hacks and hackers! The 2019 events calendar is filling up, and if you’re interested in attending a conference but don’t have the funds, OpenNews is providing journalism code ticket & travel scholarships. The application deadline for the first round is this Friday, so don’t hesitate to apply! NICAR, the computer-assisted reporting conference coming up in March, has their own list of scholarships and fellowships for students, educators, women, journalists of color and more:

Jan 13, 2019

Starting the year with 115 chapters and more to come

Welcome to 2019, hacks and hackers! In 2018, Hacks/Hackers grew by seven chapters on four continents, bringing us up to 115 chapters around the world, and more in the works. Local groups held more than 100 events, from fake news in Dar es Salaam to crowdsourcing in Berlin. RSVPs now open for our largest annual meetup on Jan 13. You will learn what Taiwan's media has achieved (and failed) on innovation in 2018: https://t.

Jan 7, 2019

It's that time of year again

It’s here, hacks and hackers: an endless list of best-ofs, top performers and other superlatives for 2018. What’s the best thing you worked on this year? We’ll share it in the next H/H edition. And don’t forget we’ve got our first monthly call coming up in a few days: Worth a read: Descript, Privacy Badger, Google’s new Dataset Search and the other top tools Poynter found this year (Poynter) Mergers, readers and the “Trump bump”: 18 lessons in newsonomics from NiemanLab Crazy Rich Asians, outerspace, travel visas and other things you can learn about in GIJN’s Best 25 Data Visualizations of 2018 Newspapers in name only.

Dec 30, 2018

Embark on a new adventure for the new year

Happy holidays, hacks and hackers! If you’re looking for new opportunities in the new year, check out opportunities for following the money, reporting on climate change, learning about agricultural issues, completing an artists’ residency, covering political development, and other programs from HackPack. It's Monday...that means the next #WeeklyGigs are out! Check our curated list of #journalism oppties around the world! https://t.co/wCsUBbOm6d For a personalized list, log into HackPack & indicate language, location & beats.

Dec 23, 2018

Hacking into the holidays

Hello there, hacks and hackers! The holidays are coming up, but H/H chapters aren’t slowing down: Hey Austin friends – Join us for a holiday happy hour on 12/19. First round is free, thanks to @ONAAustin! 🍸🕎🎄 All the deets + RSVP → https://t.co/0IKvjl2aCY — Hacks/Hackers Austin (@hackshackersatx) December 5, 2018 If you want your job posting, event or project funding shared in the newsletter, always feel free to let us know.

Dec 16, 2018

Announcing MisInfoConX

Welcome back, hacks and hackers! We’re pleased to announce the first MisinfoConX in Scotland: MisinfoConX is a series of local, community-focused conferences aiming to combat misinformation in communities around the world. The first will take place in Stirling next month, and early bird tickets are available now. Worth a read: The AI and the News Open Challenge announced 66 finalists last week check out the finalists’ project proposals to see what the future holds for AI and journalism (AI Ethics Initiative) According to a Pew Research Center survey published last week, 34 percent of Americans now prefer to get their news from the Web, up from 28 percent in 2016 (Pew Research Center) An ICIJ collaborative investigation brought 11 Latin American media outlets together to report on regulations in the global medical device industry (Knight Center) Of those who prefer reading the news, % who say they prefer getting news on each platform:

Dec 9, 2018

Monthly open call this week

Happy December, hacks and hackers! The last monthly call of 2018 is coming up this Wednesday. Do you have any projects you want to share, events to promote or questions for the H/H community? Join us at the details below ⬇️ Worth a read: Catarse, a Brazilian crowdfunding platform, is creating a fund to finance and promote independent journalism projects (Knight Center) Two professors at a Spanish university launched Periodista de Datos, a project that aggregated over 300 journalists in Spain and Latin America to promote data journalism collaboration (Online Journalism Blog) A Knight Foundation report looked into how political influencers add to the spread of misinformation and fake news on social media sites (Knight Foundation) Influence is a crucial phenomenon online: it means having a powerful voice and using that voice to have an impact, whether political or commercial.

Dec 2, 2018