Samantha Sunne

A new alliance for the future of news

Hello, hacks and hackers! The News Product Alliance, in conjunction with OpenNews, has announced a new event for the intersection of product thinkers and news producers. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1339239218925744129', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1339239218925744129'), ); The inaugural News Product Alliance Summit will take place online next March, after NICAR, the Knight Media Forum and MozFest. Worth a read: The NewsQ Initiative brought together journalists, media scholars and platform technologists on panels to discuss the algorithmic processes that decide which news articles to prioritize online.

Catch up with your fellow news nerds

Hello, hacks and hackers! And congratulations to Hacks/Hackers Taipei, who are celebrating their fourth anniversary this month! They’re hosting a party next week showcasing cool projects from their members and friends. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1336869848865894401', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1336869848865894401'), ); If you’d like to join in on the fun, the event will be livestreamed. Follow H/H Taipei on Twitter for the link. The week ahead: Taipei is marking four years Worth a read:

Preparing for the end of 2020

The year is almost coming to a close, hacks and hackers! It’s time to read up on the best of the year and maybe submit your own. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1333414788144226310', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1333414788144226310'), ); Worth a read: This blogpost from The COVID Tracking Project goes over reasons why test, case and death data may fluctuate as we enter the holiday season This year has spotlighted the lack of diversity in U.

Innovation and changes due to Covid

Hello, hacks and hackers! Applications for the Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation close on Tuesday. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1321442438293164032', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1321442438293164032'), ); Fellows are expected to develop a new tool, research a monetization trend, or any number of forward-facing projects that would benefit journalism. Happening this week: London is hosting a talk on journalism and parenting Worth a read: Covid may have made newsrooms more efficient, but less creative, according to a survey of newsroom leaders around the world, according to a new report by the Reuters Institute Diversity in newsrooms doesn’t just improve coverage and the work environment; researchers have found that it improves business models due to factors like investments and page views Being able to design and create your own graphics makes you a better reporter, data journalist leader Alberto Cairo wrote.

Dataharvest and News Impact this week

Hello, hacks and hackers! This week there is a free virtual News Impact Summit on building trust in media through data journalism in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1326166332950401025', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1326166332950401025'), ); The summit will take place from November 24-26 and you can register for it here. It’s also the last week for EIJC / Dataharvest. Happening this week: Nigeria is maximizing search engines for data collection Worth a read:

Conferences move online for 2021

The year is almost over, hacks and hackers! NICAR, MozFest, and the Computation + Journalism Symposium have all announced they will be virtual next year. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1326581713846276097', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1326581713846276097'), ); MozFest is soliciting session proposals until November 24th, and NICAR until December 6th. If you’ve never been to these conferences before, 2021 is your year to get involved! The week ahead: Nairobi is discussing geo journalism Worth a read:

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.

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.

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.

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.