Journalism groups ask Press Forward to distribute funding equitably

The Press Forward fund, a $500 million investment over five years, aims to bolster the structure of local news in the US. The coalition is led by the MacArthur Foundation and includes nearly two dozen other funders, including the Lenfest Institute and the Knight Foundation. A group of journalism organizations, including the National Association of Black Journalists, the Online News Association, and OpenNews, issued an open letter to Press Forward, asking the coalition to prioritize equitable distribution of the fund to underrepresented voices.

Register for our free AI class

Registration is now open for our free month-long class on “How to use ChatGPT and other generative AI tools in your newsroom”! Hacks/Hackers, along with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is providing the online course in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The course runs from September 25 through October 22, and you can learn more about the course on its website here. Worth a Read: When multi-line line charts start to look like multi-colored spaghetti, Nightingale wrote about some creative, “saucy” solutions to more clearly present the data.

We're hiring at Hacks/Hackers

Hacks/Hackers is hiring for two positions related to our NSF-funded Analysis and Response for Toolkit for Trust (ARTT) project: A Researcher to conduct research, coordinate efforts and contribute to the creation of related materials. A Community Coordinator to shape and maintain a supportive user community, and ensure the success of the expert-informed software tool aimed at addressing vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. Both jobs are remote, but applicants must be authorized to work in the U.

Join our new AI course with the Knight Center!

Hacks/Hackers, with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, is offering a new online course on generative AI. The course, “How to use ChatGPT and other generative AI tools in your newsroom,” will investigate how AI tools can impact newsrooms, and how journalists can put them to work. The MOOC features Sil Hamilton, an AI researcher at Hacks/Hackers, and Aimee Rinehart from the Associated Press’ Local News AI initiative. It runs from from September 25th to October 22nd - and registration is free!

Hacks/Hackers is hiring!

We’re hiring a Community Coordinator to help with our NSF-funded Analysis and Response for Toolkit for Trust (ARTT) project. The role will involve various responsibilities related to community engagement, software testing, documentation, and external communication efforts. The job is remote, but applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until August 31. The ARTT team is looking to fill this position by the end of September.

Wikimania 2023 is coming up this week

The 2023 edition of Wikimania, taking place in Singapore this week from August 16th to 19th, will feature over 600 attendees, including prominent figures like Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and Wikimedia Foundation CEO Maryana Iskander. Wikimania celebrates Wikimedia projects and volunteers, focusing on diversity, collaboration, and the future of technology and knowledge sharing. It will involve keynote presentations, gender equity discussions, cultural heritage preservation, and collaborative hackathons. Worth a Read:

Get ready for ONA 2023

The Online News Association’s ONA Conference is taking place later this month, from August 23-26th, in Philadelphia. The ONA site contains fun resources like a guide to convince your boss to let you attend and tips for first-time attendees. The organization is also sponsoring a resume drop where journalists can submit a resume for recruiters to review. Anyone can turn in a resume, including non-attendees. Worth a Read: Want to prevent OpenAI from scraping your pages, or just track whether they are using your site to train ChatGPT?

Global Fact Check Fund applications open

Applications are open for the second phase of Poynter’s Global Fact Check Fund! The program provides funding of up to $50,000 each to fact-checking organizations to enhance their institutional capacity, competitiveness and sustainability in local and regional fact-checking efforts. The fund aims to support about 135 organizations in 65 countries over three years, with $1 million allotted for this phase. Applications are open from August 1 through September 7. Worth a read:

Submit ideas for the Buenos Aires Media Party

Submissions are open for the 11th edition of the Buenos Aires Media Party, taking place this October! The Media Party team is accepting proposals for workshops and lightning talks through August 12th. Some of the topics for this year include misinformation, censorship, AI and diversity. Get your ideas in now! Worth a read: Elon Musk rolled out another large, sudden change to the Twitter platform. On the desktop version, the logo is now “X”, and Musk announced tweets would now be called “Xs.

Get an early look at at the GIJC schedule

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference released an early look at its program, which features nearly 200 workshops, expert panels, networking sessions and special events. The conference will be held September 19-22 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Find out more info about it on the conference site here. Worth a read: Nieman Lab compiled AI usage guidelines from several news organizations to examine and compare how they cover key themes like transparency, cautious experimentation and strategic intentions.