Samantha Sunne

Election guides continue

Welcome back, hacks and hackers! The U.S. 2020 election is over, but in many countries, it’s still to come. Read on for this week’s election tools and tips. Worth a read: The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) of the Atlantic Council put together an interactive database tool to track foreign interference attempts that are relevant to the 2020 US election With US election maps everywhere, this NYT Opinion piece goes over some of the most common problems with election maps and how they can be misleading twttr.

Nov 8, 2020

Data journalists prepare for election season

It’s time, hacks and hackers! It’s election season not just in the US, but many regions of the world including India, Taiwan, Zimbabwe and the Philippines. In response, many journalism orgs are sharing resources like Polling fundamentals and concepts, Election 2020 toolbox, and even a Stress management program for journalists. Worth a read: Election day for the US is this week, but with the influx of mail-in votes, it will probably take longer than a day to tally the votes.

Nov 1, 2020

Developing new membership models

Hello, hacks and hackers! Do you have an idea for a membership model you’d like to develop further? twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1319245120043102208', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1319245120043102208'), ); The Membership Puzzle Project has opened the Membership in News Fund, supporting news membership design around the world. Applications are being accepted through the end of next week. The week ahead: Brisbane is discussing local media Worth a read: GIJN created a nine-part guide on freelancing for both freelancers and news orgs that goes over the pitching process, different types of risk insurance, how to use grants to help fund work and much more Svelte is a JavaScript framework growing in popularity among news devs because of its ability to easily render reactive data visualizations by doubling as a compiler so the browser doesn’t have to load extra libraries The News Product Alliance is a new global professional org that seeks to bring anyone involved in news products together to promote product culture in newsrooms twttr.

Oct 25, 2020

Support innovation in journalism education

Welcome, hacks and hackers! ONA is dedicating $200,000 to this year’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1314293252623867904', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1314293252623867904'), ); Applications are open through the 28th. And don’t forget that Hacks/Hackers lists grants and opportunities in this newsletter every week, listed below. The week ahead: London is talking data, partnerships and collaboration Nairobi is visualizing Covid stories Worth a read: Public Media Stack, an org advocating for ethical technology use in public media, is hosting webinars to explain their mission and their 2020 report A Brazilian researcher developed an analytical model connecting journalists’ working conditions and product quality.

Oct 18, 2020

Tips on covering police misinformation

Greetings, hacks and hackers! Our partners MisinfoCon and MuckRock recently published their Police Misinformation Tipsheet as well as a recording of the panel from last month. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1314253011422720005', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1314253011422720005'), ); You can bookmark the guide on MuckRock or download it from MisinfoCon. Worth a read: Popular Science wrote about common ways election graphics can be misleading, such as deceptive axis lines and unclear maps Google is distributing $1 billion to news publishers around the globe over the next three years to be able to republish news content in a new Google News tool, but how does that make sense business-wise?

Oct 11, 2020

What is next for tech and democracy?

Welcome to October, hacks and hackers! A new month means a new global call. Please feel free to join us to discuss website updates, board members and conferences. Worth a read: A data scientist goes over some important questions to ask when creating an internal form for data-related requests, like whether speed or accuracy is more important when fulfilling the request The Knight Foundation asked experts from research centers, universities and independent policy organizations what they think is next for the future of tech and democracy In an experiment, Twitter found that 40% of users were more likely to read an article before retweeting it if they were prompted to do so.

Oct 4, 2020

Apply for funding on Coronavirus data projects

Welcome back, hacks and hackers! Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for funding from the John S. Knight Journalism program at Stanford for stories on the pandemic. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1307938119589789697', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1307938119589789697'), ); JSK partnered with Big Local News to offer a new round of funding for data-driven and replicable stories on the Coronavirus. The week ahead: Nairobi is creating infographics with impact Worth a read: After sharing Blacklight, a privacy tool that allows users to see what surveillance any website employs through its URL, The Markup then wrote about what tools you can use to protect your privacy online A reporter, designer and political geography professor wrote about how maps illustrating human migration patterns can be misleading or harmful, and offers ways to mitigate the problems Political mis/disinformation in Spanish is flourishing on the internet and even in print ads ahead of the US election, so US fact-checking orgs are partnering with Spanish news broadcasters to fight it twttr.

Sep 27, 2020

Tune in for data in Nigeria and viz in Venice

It’s been a packed month, hacks and hackers! The Buenos Aires Media Party has wrapped up, and you can watch the keynotes on HHBA’s channel. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1307038084417097730', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1307038084417097730'), ); If you want more, there are online talks this week from Hacks/Hackers Venice, Hacks/Hackers Nigeria, and the Society for News Design. The week ahead: Venice is chatting about how charts can lie Nigeria is mining data Worth a read:

Sep 20, 2020

MisinfoCon webinar on police misinformation

Hello, hacks and hackers! Our partners at Misinfocon have organized a panel on how to report on crime without giving in to mis- and disinformation. Register for the webinar on Monday: twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1301898563644002304', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1301898563644002304'), ); The week ahead: Uganda is incorporating data in timely news stories London sharing ideas data design and revenue streams Worth a read: Towards Data Science rounded up and compared nine of the top data visualization libraries in Python and R The Knight Foundation studied the media habits of voters and non-voters in America, finding that non-voters who read partisan-leaning news will be more likely to vote The Encode conference team wrote about the future of in-person data viz gatherings and ideas for how to digitally create and share conference-esque content twttr.

Sep 13, 2020

Monetizing and remote working for the year of Covid

Welcome back, hacks and hackers! It’s a tough world out there, and many, if not most, news organizations are taking a financial hit during coronavirus. More outlets are transitioning to full-time remote, and this week we have all-remote jobs. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1291313063212118017', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1291313063212118017'), ); In other job news, News Revenue Hub is hiring a contract analyst, due tomorrow, and NiemanLab has some tips for transitioning your whole team to remote work.

Sep 6, 2020