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New grants to cover the coronavirus and credibility solutions

Hello, hacks and hackers. The coronavirus has obviously taken over most coverage in many countries around the world today. The Pulitzer Center and the Lenfest Institute are offering short-term grants to help news orgs cover this issue. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1240319231767576577', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1240319231767576577'), ); MisinfoCon and organizers of a Wikipedia event also announced grant funding for projects that help Wikipedia convey credibility. Applications will be accepted through April 6th.

Mar 22, 2020

Teaching, gathering and working remotely

Hello again, hacks and hackers! Many of our upcoming events, including some local Hacks/Hackers meetups, have been canceled. Poynter is keeping an updated list, and we have updated the events in our newsletter below. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1237547773093797888', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1237547773093797888'), ); Luckily, technology and journalism are two fields that adapt well to staying home. This is a good time to brush up on tips for remote work, remote learning and even remote conferences.

Mar 15, 2020

Covering the coronavirus outbreak

Hello, hacks and hackers! Coronavirus has reached the journalism world, and hacks and hackers around the world are getting ready. Splice, SXSW and the International Journalism Festival have been canceled. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1235246385664086016', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1235246385664086016'), ); The events listed in this newsletter will be updated with any changes. Read below for tips and techniques for covering your community. Worth a read: The International Fact-Checking Network is compiling fact-checks on the coronavirus.

Mar 7, 2020

Audience engagement, a global call and a jazz party this week

It’s almost time for NICAR, hacks and hackers! If you’ll be in New Orleans, please join us for live jazz and beignets (little French-style donuts). twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1232671492351107072', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1232671492351107072'), ); And don’t forget to join us Wednesday for our global call. We’ll be talking on Wednesday, the 4th of March. The week ahead: Berlin is talking about audience engagement New Orleans is enjoying jazz and beignets Worth a read:

Mar 1, 2020

MisinfoCon and NICAR from afar

Hello, hacks and hackers! If you missed MisinfoCon in DC this weekend, you can check out some of the takeaways on the #MisinfoCon hashtag. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1230970429654913025', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1230970429654913025'), ); And don’t forget, the NICAR data journalism conference is coming up this weekend in New Orleans. You can follow that one at #NICAR20. And don’t forget you have until the end of the month to apply for a $3,000 USD prize for reporting using freedom of information.

Feb 16, 2020

Readings on data science, data viz and data feminism

Welcome back, hacks and hackers! If you’re in the London area, Hacks/Hackers London is asking for input on how to be inclusive and engaging. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1227949155802284033', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1227949155802284033'), ); They’re also meeting this Wednesday to talk about audience engagement - find out more details on their Eventbrite page here. Worth a read: Towards Data Science wrote a quick, simple guide that visualizes and explains how six of the most popular machine learning models work (Towards Data Science) Data Feminism is a new book publishing later this year that explores data science and data ethics thru the lens of intersectional feminism, and you can read a pre-publication excerpt here (Nightingale) The Economist wrote up a piece about how they translate data vizzes into compelling Instagram posts by doing things like keeping consistent colors and writing copy that engages their audience (The Economist) twttr.

Feb 16, 2020

Get Ready for Open Data Day

It’s back, hacks and hackers! The Open Knowledge Foundation’s Open Data Day this year will be on March 7th, and if you’re interested in organizing an open data-related event in your area, you can apply for a mini-grant of up to $300 to help with funds. The deadline to apply is tonight. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1225699984227487744', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1225699984227487744'), ); Also, registration for MisinfoCon@ NASEM is full, but we will be live streaming it here.

Feb 9, 2020

Solutions Specialists, the coronavirus and a new global call

Hello, hacks and hackers! If you’re looking for an interesting new opportunity, the Solutions Journalism Network is hiring six Solutions Specialists to work part time, and remotely, on their Solutions Story Tracker. The deadline to apply is this Thursday. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1222966660136566785', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1222966660136566785'), ); Also, the monthly global open call is happening this Wednesday at 12 pm US EST. Join us if you can! Worth a read: Github user Andrei Kashcha developed a tool to display street maps for any city in the world using OpenStreetMap (Github) Engineers on the NYT R&D team created a social media feed prototype that used blockchain to fetch and display metadata behind photos, making it easier to identify fakes (NiemanLab) To increase public knowledge and decrease public panic, paying careful attention to design when communicating information about health risks like coronavirus is vital for public safety (Fast Company) twttr.

Feb 2, 2020

Hacks/Hackers DC gets a reboot

Welcome back, hacks and hackers! The University of Florida’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information is giving away $3,000 prizes to pieces of journalism work published in 2019 that highlights secrecy in government or utilizes public records. The submission deadline is February 28. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1219663445433315328', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1219663445433315328'), ); Also, Hacks/Hackers DC is holding a little get-together next week to discuss future plans for the chapter. If you’re in DC, don’t miss it!

Jan 26, 2020

Apply for the first Sigma Data Journalism Awards

Hello, hacks and hackers! If you mourned the loss of the Data Journalism Awards, buck up: some news nerds got together to create the Sigma Data Journalism Awards to honor great data journalism from around the world. You have until the 3rd of February to apply, if you are so inclined. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1212818220438081536', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1212818220438081536'), ); And in case you missed the announcement last week, our joint project MisinfoCon is holding an upcoming gathering in Washington, D.

Jan 19, 2020