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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

More learning online in the fall

Welcome to July, hacks and hackers! More conferences have, unsurprisingly, moved to online. Many organizations are experimenting with a long series of workshops rather than a packed few days where sessions overlap. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1273150081823375361', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1273150081823375361'), ); See the events list below for the most up to date information. Worth a read: The National Institute of Health in the U.S. launched a secure national database for doctors, scientists and researchers to study demographics of COVID-19 patients in hopes of better understanding the disease Lokal is a mobile news app in India that jumped from 1,600 users to millions in less than two years.

Jul 5, 2020

SRCCON goes online this week

Greetings, hacks and hackers! SRCCON is going online for the first time ever later this week. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1280271012030865408', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1280271012030865408'), ); You can apply for an invite online or follow along at #SRCCON. Worth a read: Some of the most shared COVID-19-related misinformation across Europe include cures/remedies and 5G conspiracy theories. Read about this study and other recent fake news news (Nieman Lab) Objectivity, or remaining neutral, is often heralded as a principle of journalism, but it can often shut out minority voices and experiences in journalism (The Objective) An economics professor collected traffic data from cities across the U.

Jul 5, 2020

New jobs in US, UK, East Africa, remote

Good news, hacks and hackers! The jobs outlook is looking up - this week we have more openings than usual in the UK and remote. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1276513001106026496', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1276513001106026496'), ); Plus, a reminder: if you are a Hacks/Hackers organizer who would like to hold remote events, please get in touch to use our paid Zoom account. Worth a read: This Thursday, GIJN will be hosting a free one-hour webinar in both French and English on tracking African government budgets during the pandemic.

Jun 28, 2020