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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

Workshops still open for the HHBA Media Party

Hello, hacks and hackers! Don’t forget that workshop proposals are open for the upcoming Hacks/Hackers Media Party, open for the first time online. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1300503815662309385', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1300503815662309385'), ); Workshops will be focused on teaching hands-on tools, while Sofa Hubs will be more of an open discussion. Submit your idea today! Worth a read: Two big problems facing the world right now are “fake news” and the coronavirus. A third?

Sep 1, 2020

Propose a workshop for the 2020 Media Party

Hello, hacks and hackers! The lineup has been announced for the 2020 Buenos Aires Media Party. You can now submit workshop proposals for the conference, which is happening online from September 16-18. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1296549339494522882', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1296549339494522882'), ); Workshop proposals are due at the end of next week and can be submitted in either English or Spanish. The week ahead: Uganda is creating content on Medium Dar es Salaam is talking about social media advocacy Nigeria is analyzing data with spreadsheets Worth a read:

Aug 21, 2020

Covid projects and newsroom diversity

Welcome back, hacks and hackers! Harvard’s Nieman Fellowships, which are open to journalists around the world, has opened applications for fellowships beginning in 2021. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1291742854285590529', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1291742854285590529'), ); This year, the program directors are especially interested in projects on the coronavirus, public health and newsroom diversity. Applications are open. Worth a read: GIJN wrote a guide on how to track World Bank spending in your country. The bank is providing about $14 billion across in COVID-19 relief around the world.

Aug 16, 2020

New jobs in EMEA and a Google grant

Greetings, hacks and hackers! If you’re in North America, this week is your last chance to apply for the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge. The deadline was extended until Wednesday. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1255757835234762752', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1255757835234762752'), ); If you’re in the Middle East, or looking to move there, we have a ton of jobs this week based in Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Worth a read: R is surging in popularity this year, going from the TIOBE Index’s 20th most popular programming language last summer, to 8th most popular this summer A data journalist in Brazil manually collected data from each state’s health secretary and discovered that the federal government was undercounting COVID-19 deaths With elections around the world coming up, the American Press Institute wrote nine tips for covering election misinformation, including being transparent about your fact-checking process and writing more direct headlines twttr.

Aug 9, 2020

Welcoming HH Colombo, Sri Lanka

Hello, hacks and hackers! Hacks/Hackers Colombo, Sri Lanka, hosted their first event last week on Zoom. Their guest shared tips on how to solve journalism problems with technology. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1288205873840418817', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1288205873840418817'), ); You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Welcome to the H/H family, Sri Lanka! Worth a read: Australia is establishing a mandatory code that may be a template for other nations to compel tech giants to share ad revenue with news producers Young Millennials and Gen Z are turning to Instagram for news more than any other source, according to new research by the Reuters Institute The amount of Coronavirus misinformation is large, but its effects on people’s actions may be small, Irish researchers found twttr.

Aug 2, 2020

The Buenos Aires Media Party is on!

Hello, hacks and hackers! H/H Buenos Aires is virtually hosting their Media Party conference from September 16-18, and it’s open to anyone around the globe. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1285420537313931264', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1285420537313931264'), ); The annual Media Party brings a couple thousand journalists each year to talk tech and journalism, and you can watch their teaser video here. Happening this week: Uganda is talking about the significance of open data Worth a read:

Jul 26, 2020

Truth, transparency and code in Africa

Hello, hacks and hackers! H/H Nigeria is meeting up this week to talk about open data, while Dar es Salaam is discussing digital security. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1283008611690721281', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1283008611690721281'), ); And if you can’t get enough African open data, Wednesday is the deadline for the African Fact-Checking Awards. And GIJN is hosting its weekly webinar this week on “Open Source Investigations in Africa” in both English and French. Worth a read:

Jul 19, 2020