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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.

It's NICAR time

It’s here, hacks and hackers! One of our favorite conferences, NICAR, is happening online this week. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1365334564848164868', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1365334564848164868'), ); This is the first time the conference has ever been fully online, so this is your chance to brush up on topics like Excel, R and data story editing. Happening this week: Nairobi is learning Python techniques Worth a read: Using open source data is integral to investigative journalism, but with the volume of information available, it’s important to make sure that sharing it is accurate, safe and ethical, especially when reporting on human rights.

Apply to attend the first News Product Alliance Summit

Welcome, hacks and hackers! The News Product Alliance is holding its first ever summit at the end of next month. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1362234743358652417', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1362234743358652417'), ); Anyone interested in building news products is invited to apply to attend. Applications will be considered through the end of next week. Worth a read: Even if you don’t usually code, learning how to use the command line can help simplify tedious tasks like adding dates to multiple filenames or extracting certain records from a large dataset.

London, Brisbane, and a delayed C plus J

Happy Valentine’s Day, hacks and hackers! London, UK, and Brisbane, Australia, both have events coming up this week. Talia Stroud, Hazel Sheffield, Amanda Lotz and others will be featured speakers. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1357334063250628611', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1357334063250628611'), ); In addition, the Computation + Journalism Symposium, delayed from last year, is happening on Thursday. Happening this week: Brisbane is discussing the business side of news London is discussing collaboration and digital spaces Worth a read:

Five years of journalism and tech in Africa

Hey, hacks and hackers! H/H Africa recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. The umbrella group launched in 2015 and has since spread to more than 10 groups across the continent. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1356554265695772673', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1356554265695772673'), ); If you’d like to learn more about your African colleagues, the leaders recently shared the group’s origin’s and the impact they’ve had on data journalism in a Twitter thread. Happening this week: Brisbane is discussing the business side of news Worth a read:

Looking forward to news nerd events of 2021

Happy Sunday, hacks and hackers! Now that we are fully in to 2021, we are looking ahead to events like NICAR, MozFest and the Computation + Journalism Symposium. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1354764912988286980', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1354764912988286980'), ); So far, all events have been scheduled online. If you know of any events your fellow hacks and hackers would appreciate, please let us know. Worth a read: The charts, graphs and other ways of quantifying grief may lead to a lack of connection to what those numbers represent, so visualizing the impact of the pandemic in an empathetic way could help us from becoming too disconnected.