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:

Breaking the Y axis

Happy Sunday, hacks and hackers! This past year has affected innumerable things, including the entire practice of data visualization. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1370833018651254784', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1370833018651254784'), ); Infographics will be among the facets of culture that will take years to adapt and recover from the shock that was the Coronavirus pandemic. Worth a read: Datasets from 2020 were off the charts, literally; 2020 data from topics like employment, mobility and COVID itself will be breaking the y-axis on charts for years to come.

Help our fellow African hacks and hackers with a survey

Hello, hacks and hackers! Code for Africa developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform that provides courses to help journalists develop technical skills and learn about covering specific topic areas. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '973858224179957760', document.getElementById('tweet-container-973858224179957760'), ); They’re looking for users to provide feedback on the site so it can better serve journalists’ needs, so please help them out by filling out their form here. The week ahead: Brisbane is talking about the power of natural language generation Worth a read:

Meet the News Product Alliance next week

Greetings, hacks and hackers! The News Product Alliance, launched last year by H/H Austin co-organizer Becca Aaronson, is holding its first event next week. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1367882608764465152', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1367882608764465152'), ); The first News Product Alliance Summit is open to anyone who works with or is interested in building news products. Registration is closed, but you can follow the group at @NewsProduct. Happening this week: Abuja and Lagos are learning python for data journalism Worth a read:

SRCCON is announced

It’s back, hacks and hackers! SRCCON has been announced for 2021. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1369771551550242821', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1369771551550242821'), ); Its organizer, OpenNews, is also offering scholarships to help attend this or other events. Happening this week: London is talking about collaboration between reporters and devs Worth a read: GIJN took a look at data visualization throughout 2020 to see what patterns and trends emerged, like a pivot to scrollytelling and animation as well as increased collaboration among scientists, epidemiologists and journalists.

MozFest and more inclusive events

Welcome to March, hacks and hackers! HH London recently announced its goals for adopting the OpenNews speaker rider. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1367175297112694796', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1367175297112694796'), ); The rider is meant to improve diversity and inclusivity at speaking events, and you can read more about it here. Happening this week: London is talking about collaboration between reporters and devs Worth a read: Researchers trained a neural network called DALL-E to be able to generate images from strings of text, from generating photo-like storefronts with specific names or illustrating new concepts like a baby daikon radish in a tutu walking a dog.