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New tools and grants for DocumentCloud

Hello, hacks and hackers! If you’re a fan of DocumentCloud, MuckRock recently released a slate of new tools that bolster the popular service. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1547297322610171907', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1547297322610171907'), ); The add-ons can be used immediately in the DocumentCloud site. You can also customize and create new ones in Github, and apply for Gateway Grants for new projects. Worth a read: Adding qualitative context to describe data aids in reader comprehension, especially when reporting on topics like economics, health, science and politics, so the stories don’t become “number soup.

A new journalism conference focused on care

Hello, hacks and hackers! OpenNews has announced a new online-only conference for December: SRCCON:CARE. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1550153882898255873', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1550153882898255873'), ); You can sign up for news on SRCCON:CARE, OpenNews’s flagship conference SRCCON, and other updates on OpenNews’s newsletter. Worth a read: Apple’s subscription features made it easy for a user to subscribe to a news outlet with just one click. But until now, the feature was controversial for taking a full 30% of the related revenue.

TikTok for news

Hello, hacks and hackers! This week we have tips on map visualizations and news on TikTok innovations. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1551116853451407360', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1551116853451407360'), ); Worth a read: The Guardian wrote about how journalism organizations can benefit from utilizing TikTok to present news in a way that reaches younger audiences. Since the US government is involved with nearly every country in the world in some way, GIJN wrote a guide on investigating US involvement in other countries through laws, sanctions, finances, immigration and more.

Answer the news nerd survey

Hello, hacks and hackers! This year’s OpenNews Survey, previously called the News Nerd Census, is now open for journalists who work with technology to fill out. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1547884049363976192', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1547884049363976192'), ); It takes about 15 minutes and asks about you, your work, your experience with OpenNews and priorities for the future. It’s an important way to help your fellow news and tech enthusiasts improve diversity and inclusion in journalism and tech!

Media Party registration open

Hello, hacks and hackers! Registration for this year’s Media Party is open! The party is happening from August 25-27 in Buenos Aires. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1544386347967848448', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1544386347967848448'), ); The call for workshops and lightning talks closed on July 8, but you can still mark your calendars for in-person participation. Happening this week: Nigeria is making journalism more tech-centric Worth a read: City Bureau, a Chicago-based news org, received $10 million from the Stronger Democracy Award to expand its Documenters Network program across the country.

Product immersion training for newsrooms

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY is welcoming new cohorts of newsrooms in their Product Immersion for Small Newsrooms program. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1544388212260577282', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1544388212260577282'), ); Applications are open for journalists in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Worth a read: Northwestern published its annual State of Local News Report that looks at how local news is faring across communities in the US. It found that an average of two US newspapers have closed per week since 2004.

Suggest a workshop for the Media Party

Hello, hacks and hackers! The call for proposals is open for the Hacks/Hackers Media Party in Buenos Aires in August. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1538274943963627520', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1538274943963627520'), ); The Buenos Aires group is accepting suggestions for both workshops and lightning talks. Worth a read: Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released its annual report on digital news, including findings on how young people are consuming news, and found that readers between 18-24 used YouTube the most of any other media platform for news.

Happy SRCCON week

Hello, hacks and hackers! One of the premiere news nerd events is happening this week: SRCCON online. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1537911753580740609', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1537911753580740609'), ); You can find the schedule on the SRCCON website and you can still fill out the call for participation. Worth a read: Anew paper by Hacks/Hackers Researcher-at-Large andNewsQ Initiative Director Connie Moon Sehat discusses how the effort to prioritize news content according to journalistic values belongs to a larger question regarding the role of expertise within democratic societies.

Hacks/Hackers joins the Partnership on AI

We have news, hacks and hackers! H/H has joined the Partnership on AI, a non-profit partnership of over 100 academic, civil society, industry and media organizations across five continents working to use AI and machine learning responsibly. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1524433993051119616', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1524433993051119616'), ); You can read more about the PAI in the partnership announcement. Happening this week: Nigeria is making maps in QGIS Worth a read: The AP released the 56th edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, which includes more than 300 new or revised entries and a chapter on inclusive storytelling.

The Hacks Hackers Media Party is back on!

Great news, hacks and hackers! The Buenos Aires Media Party is back in person for its 10th edition! twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1525147900963082240', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1525147900963082240'), ); The beloved media gathering will take place August 25-27 in Argentina, and applications are open for travel support. Worth a read: This data viz designer charted out how much time he spent on each component in a variety of data viz projects over 1,550 hours from October 2020 thru February 2022 to be able to give better estimates to clients on how long projects might take.