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Global Media Forum goes hybrid this week

Welcome back, hacks and hackers! The Global Media Forum is happening this week in a hybrid format - meaning both online and in person. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1402957716889358338', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1402957716889358338'), ); It’s one of the first journalism/tech-related conferences to meet in person since NICAR 2020. Most attendees will be online, although you can attend in person in Bonn, Germany. Registration is free and open now. Worth a read: With all the tragedy from the past year, it’s been integral for journalists to find ways to humanize data and trends so that they’re impactful.

Meeting online and off

Hello, hacks and hackers! While some parts of the world are beginning to meet in person again, many are not, and Hacks/Hackers wants to encourage everyone to meet and greet safely. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1396329965835141123', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1396329965835141123'), ); If you are an organizer of a local Hacks/Hackers group, please get in touch about using our paid Zoom account! It can accommodate up to 500 attendees without a time limit. Worth a read:

Sign up for INN Days

Hello, hacks and hackers! The Institute for Nonprofit News has announced their free, virtual INN Days conference is happening June 9th and 10th this year to talk about the future of nonprofit journalism. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1397222508089253890', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1397222508089253890'), ); They also just released their first-ever impact report that shows how within 10 years, independent, nonprofit newsrooms will produce a significant share of the civic news that Americans consume. Worth a read:

Meetups in Nairobi, Nigeria, Dar es Salaam and Taipei

Welcome, hacks and hackers! There are a lot of local events next week, including workshops on Open Data Kit in Nigeria and Datasette in Taipei. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1393483793256919041', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1393483793256919041'), ); You can also discuss ethical principles with H/H Nairobi and Covid misinformation with H/H Dar es Salaam. Happening this week: Nigeria is using Open Data Kit Dar es Salaam is countering Covid misinfo Nairobi is studying ethics principles Taipei is holding a workshop on Datasette Worth a read:

A lunchtime lecture with HH London

Hello, hacks and hackers! This Friday, H/H LDN will be holding their first Ted Talk-style virtual lunch meetup. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1392477882149113863', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1392477882149113863'), ); It is lunchtime in the UK, but open for anyone to join, and the first topic will be local journalism. Happening this week: London is talking about the state of local journalism Worth a read: Since sites are always changing on the internet, it’s advantageous to be an expert at the Wayback Machine.

More opportunities for local reporters

Hello, hacks and hackers! The Washington Post is looking for reporters to contribute to a special issue surfacing local news in the US. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1389957013015252994', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1389957013015252994'), ); If you missed it last week, the Solutions Journalism Network is also offering funding for local reporting in news deserts. Worth a read: YouTube announced a plan to invest $7 million in journalism with two year-long initiatives that help individual journalists and newsrooms create news on the platform.

Funding for news deserts

If you’re a freelancer in the US, Parachute, a new initiative from the Solutions Journalism Network, is offering $500 for feature stories based in any news desert around the country. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1379477569242865666', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1379477569242865666'), ); Read the full guidelines for pitching here. Parachute will also help local newspapers based near news deserts get connected with local freelancers. Worth a read: If you ever encounter memory problems when analyzing gigantic datasets on your computer, this series of articles helps explain code structure, data management and database querying techniques with Python libraries like NumPy and Pandas.

Events in Dublin, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam

They’re back, hacks and hackers! H/H Dublin is meeting up this week to talk about innovating media orgs to be more privacy-conscious and reader-supported. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1382372074031874050', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1382372074031874050'), ); Nairobi and Dar es Salaam are holding events as well. The week ahead: Dublin is promoting privacy Nairobi is telling stories with data Dar es Salaam is discussing digital content strategy Worth a read: Threats to freedom of the press is proven to negatively impact the nation’s economy, research suggests.

Attend ISOJ for free

It’s back, hacks and hackers! The International Symposium on Online Journalism is happening online for the second time in its 22-year history. Registration is free and open now. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1380611473580380164', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1380611473580380164'), ); Also, a short correction: last week we shared H/H London’s upcoming April meetup. It is actually this week, so you still have time to tune in! The week ahead: London is talking about writing books and understanding audiences Worth a read:

Help with a study on civic technology

Hello hacks and hackers, we are looking for interviewees. A student at the University of Southern California is writing a thesis on data literacy in the civic tech sector and would like to hear H/H members' perspectives. If you would like to be interviewed, please check out Alejandro Alvarado Rojas' information page. He is seeking 30-60 minute interviews until the end of the month. The week ahead: London is talking about writing books and understanding audiences Worth a read: