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MisinfoCon and MozFest are here

Hello, hacks and hackers! Our partners at MisinfoCon are holding their first event since early 2020. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1498329107905626113', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1498329107905626113'), ); It’s part of MozFest Plaza, which is itself part of MozFest 2022. It’s still not too late to join them online. Worth a read: Creating a diverse and inclusive environment in your news organization extends beyond the newsroom. This writeup from Nieman Lab talks about how to incorporate inclusive audience engagement into a newsroom workflow.

Take Bellingcat’s survey on open source tools

Welcome to another week, hacks and hackers! Bellingcat is conducting a survey to find out more about which open source tools journalists are currently using so they can better know what kinds of tools to develop moving forward. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1494310353051738121', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1494310353051738121'), ); The survey takes about 10 minutes to respond, and two respondents will receive a free online Bellingcat workshop for their time. Worth a read: Nieman Lab compiled a list of resources for following the Russia/Ukraine situation as it unfolds, including Twitter accounts, live streams, maps and more.

The Sigma Awards are open for entries

Hello, hacks and hackers! The deadline to submit 2021 data journalism projects to the Sigma Awards is January 14th. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1479094121105137665', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1479094121105137665'), ); The Sigma Awards highlight the best data journalism projects around the world, and this year is its third iteration. Worth a read: The Institute for Nonprofit News and its partners raised $12 million to support North American nonprofit news organizations in its NewsMatch program, which any INN member newsroom can participate in.

New year of news nerdery

Happy new year, hacks and hackers! Journalism groups including MuckRock are still putting out their predictions for the next 365 days: twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1476672692833210370', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1476672692833210370'), ); Worth a read: The 2021 State of CSS site collected survey responses from nearly 1,000 designers around the world to analyze and visualize how CSS innovation will look in the future. Find out the pros and cons between working at a big corporation versus a small startup as a data professional in this article from Towards Data Science.

NICAR goes hybrid

It’s almost 2022, hacks and hackers! The first conference on our list for next year, NICAR, has announced it is going hybrid. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1470793244258807813', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1470793244258807813'), ); Investigative Reporters and Editors is offering scholarships for both the in-person and virtual events. Worth a read: Nieman Lab published their annual list of predictions for what the next year holds for journalism, with topics like remote work, industry inequality and digital subscription growth.

The year comes to an end

It’s that time of year, hacks and hackers! 2021 is reaching its end, and many news nerd groups are wrapping it up. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1473042910115471364', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1473042910115471364'), ); Worth a read: GIJN’s Resource Center compiled a list of their top 12 guides and tipsheets from this year, including their grants & fellowships page, a tutorial on using the internet archive, a guide to covering illegal wildlife tracking and so much more.

What is a tech journalism job?

Happy Sunday, hacks and hackers! This newsletter shares dozens of jobs in “tech journalism” - but what does that mean? twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1469047820892000256', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1469047820892000256'), ); The Houston Chronicle’s data visualization editor posted a tweet thread and Q&A on this very subject. Worth a read: This fast.ai blog post looks at the importance of information resilience - the ability to find and fix problems in data sourcing, sharing, transforming, analyzing and consuming - by using a case study of a failed UK COVID tracking app.

Submit proposals for the NPA summit

The News Product Alliance is holding its annual summit online on March 10 and 11, and opened its call for session proposals. You can find out more about what kind of proposals they’re looking for in their proposal guide, and the deadline to submit is December 15. Worth a read: The Solutions Journalism Network created an interactive playbook with case studies and strategies about how to generate revenue from solutions-oriented reporting.

New data journalism survey out

DataJournalism.com is launching a new survey to examine The State of Data Journalism in 2021. You can find out more about the survey and take it on their site here. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1460940485850275840', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1460940485850275840'), ); The survey hopes to target data journalists, editors, students and educators across the globe to find out tools they’re using, challenges they’re facing, entryways into the industry and more. Worth a read: Misinformation researchers are writing about “fossil fuel solutionism” - fossil fuel companies using their social media platforms to subtly spread misinformation about the climate crisis by cherry-picking data and talking points.

Tipsheets and tips from GIJC 2021

Greetings, hacks and hackers! The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is over for this year, but GIJN has uploaded nearly 200 tipsheets and presentations online. twttr.widgets.createTweet( '1461243294789382146', document.getElementById('tweet-container-1461243294789382146'), ); The content includes guides, session recordings and more than 30 stories reported in seven languages. Worth a read: This writeup from Towards Data Science goes over how to analyze high resolution satellite imagery data with QGIS to look at waste dumps and landfills in several countries.