What is NewsHack Day?
NewsHack Day brings together journalists, developers and designers for several days of creative news coding and data reporting. The June 22-24 event begins with a code bootcamp in Python/Ruby led by ScraperWiki (“Liberate the Data”) on Friday, followed by a two-day news hackathon at The Hub SOMA on Saturday and Sunday. We’re inviting participants from a broad range of news, technology, design and academic communities in the Bay Area.
We have three simple goals:
So exactly what is a hack?
Hack hack/hak/ noun
1. writer or journalist producing dull, unoriginal work: “a hack scriptwriter”.
2. code that is written to provide extra functionality to existing software.
3. a solution to a problem.
At NewsHack Day, you’ll form teams to build your own functional software and code solving a problem facing journalists or tell a better story. Story hacks create article concepts around datasets and/or data visualizations, while tool hacks help reporters and editors preform their job better. Topics? That’s for you to decide, but we’re lining up lots of data and prizes in the science and politics reporting categories.
Here’s a good video explaining the London Hack Day.
Who is it for?
If you’re interested and engaged in media, programming and design, then this event was designed for you. Not everyone needs to be an ace reporter or crack coder. Come prepared to pitch in on tough problems, help your team and learn a lot before the weekend is through. We hope the connections you create here will carry over to the rest of your work.
How does it all work?
The NewsHack Day event format is taking a “hackathon as newsroom” approach. We’ll have a digital ticker tape of ongoing projects and ideas streaming during the event allowing any team to scan the project landscape and work together. Editors will help teams work out any problems. The weekend is intended to quickly generate, mock up, test and share ideas, while ensuring the maximum collaboration and exchange of ideas. Any designer, journalist or programmer can sign up (space permitting). Your ideas will be presented at the end of the event. The final products are intended to solve problems facing journalists while reporting, producing, curating or communicating information, or telling a story that has not been told. These proof-of-concept examples will be turned into more refined tools/stories for journalists and others to improve after the event. Prizes and merriment are to be had.
CIR Chase Davis
PMX Corey Ford
MoJo Tasneem Raja
HacksHackers Burt Herman
NewMedia Ventures Lindsey Franklin
IDEO Hilary Hoeber
ScraperWiki Thomas Levine
Visua.ly Paul Van Slembrouck
Who’s organizing this?
Aine McGuire ScraperWiki
David Harris Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences
Gopika Prabhu Elefint Designs
Matt Scharpnick Elefint Designs
Burt Herman Storify, Hacks/Hackers
Bo Kim Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
John Osborn Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Anna Guardiola The Hub SOMA
Sydney Calander The Hub SOMA
For more information, please contact Michael Coren at firstname.lastname@example.org