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Event documentation opennews Code Convening snacks Building a Guide to Open-Sourcing Newsroom Code, Together

Building a Guide to Open-Sourcing Newsroom Code, Together

This week, eleven contributors gathered with us in Washington, D.C. to work on a new resource—a playbook for open-sourcing newsroom code. Together we hoped to tackle a question that’s come up again and again: how to help more newsrooms produce open-source projects, so that everyone can spend more time on great journalism instead of re-creating common tools, tech, and datasets from scratch.

Event event writeup working SRCCON mental health Practical Tips for Improving Mental Health in the Newsroom

Practical Tips for Improving Mental Health in the Newsroom

Every year, roughly one in five American adults experiences a mental illness. Working in a newsroom poses particular challenges to mental health: the job typically involves a high-stress environment, long hours, tight deadlines, exposure to graphic images and videos, and an unstable industry with uncertain benefits and job security. This July in Portland at SRCCON, dozens of journalists, developers and newsroom workers sat down together to share their personal experiences with mental health.

Event event writeup peer review SRCCON Peer Reviewing Our Data Stories

Peer Reviewing Our Data Stories

As journalists who analyze data for stories, we strive to hold ourselves accountable to a high standard of accuracy. But checking our work is rarely a straightforward process. Newsroom editors and fact-checkers might not have enough data expertise. Often, we need an outside opinion. Ideally, we could ask each other for advice, or even turn to experts in other fields for help.

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Designing News Apps for Humanity

Reader trust is fragile and easily betrayed, and competition is fierce. Newsrooms can’t afford to ignore the way our work affects our readers when their contexts conflict with our expectations.

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When They Don't Want You To Lead

It’s challenging to find your feet as a leader, even more so when you’re in an underrepresented group. For people of color, women and other underrepresented groups, there are structural systems and power dynamics in place that make navigating the workplace—and leadership—especially precarious. During SRCCON in Portland, we gathered to talk about our experiences and ideas for how to navigate shared challenges.

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Hello from SRCCON 2016

Source is in Portland this week for SRCCON 2016. Here’s how you can follow along with us.

Event automation bots Hello #botweek world. Welcome to Botweek 2016

Welcome to Botweek 2016

Today kicks off the third annual Source Botweek, our yearly push to document the newsgathering bots, Slackbots, Twitter bots, and other automated creations that have emerged from newsrooms in the last year—and to check out a few extras from the makers of less practical/more adorable bots.

Event culture careers events 5 Things I Learned at AAJA’s iCON (and a Few Things I’m Still Considering)

5 Things I Learned at AAJA's iCON (and a Few Things I’m Still Considering)

Reflections on iCON, the Asian American Journalists Association’s event in Miami last month.

Event Beyond “Be Like Facebook”

Beyond "Be Like Facebook"

The SND judges’ controversial decision to give Facebook its “World’s Best Designed” award in digital—and the resulting unease in the journalism world—points to larger questions in our relationship with third-party platforms and our understanding of the scope of “design.”

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Data Journalism Problems in Europe

Zara Rahman reports back on surprising insights from the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.

Event opennews Code Convening Return of the Code Convenings: Elections and Updates

Return of the Code Convenings: Elections and Updates

Earlier this month, we held our third-ever OpenNews Code Convening, and our first one west of Portland, Oregon. Code Convenings are short events that bring together pairs of developers from news organizations to finish, document, and release open source projects they’ve been chipping away at.

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CrowData Grows Up

A La Nación hackathon to enhance the open-source file-freeing tool behind VozData results in a better CrowData and a tall list of changes to come.

Event event writeup SRCCON SRCCON: How Not to Skew Data with Statistics

SRCCON: How Not to Skew Data with Statistics

Notes from a lively SRCCON discussion on tricks for avoiding error, led by Aurelia Moser and Chris Keller.

Event event writeup SRCCON SRCCON: Human-Driven Design

SRCCON: Human-Driven Design

Ryan Pitts and Sara Schnadt on how to know your users and build just what they need.

Event SRCCON transcripts The Great SRCCON Brain Dump

The Great SRCCON Brain Dump

SRCCON, the first-ever OpenNews conference, wrapped up last Friday night at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. As Quartz’s Nikhil Sonnad notes in his wrap-up post, the problem with even the most energetic and inspiring conference is that the motivation found often fades when everyone returns to the daily hustle and sprint. Like Sonnad, we’re confident that the news-code community that showed up in force at SRCCON has the stamina and sustained interest to maintain the momentum that built up in sessions and around the coffee-hacking stations, and we want to help with that as much as possible. We also want to scoop up as much of the energy and intensity and brain-sharing from SRCCON as we can and pour it out into the wider world that couldn’t fit into the physical conference itself.

Event SRCCON Announcing SRCCON

Announcing SRCCON

Everything you need to know to get psyched about coming to SRCCON 2014.

Event opennews Code Convening What We Learned from the First-Ever OpenNews Code Convening

What We Learned from the First-Ever OpenNews Code Convening

When we talk with newsrooms about open-sourcing their work, often the response we get is that they’d love to, but deadline pressures keep the last-mile work and documentation that signifies a good open-source project on the to-do list. So at OpenNews, we came up with a simple proposition: What if we free up that time by getting developers out of the deadline grind? Let’s put them up for a few days, feed them, and help get the work done.

Event cryptography Installfest Encryption Meetup Workshop A cybersecurity installfest for journalists

A cybersecurity installfest for journalists

Mike Tigas recaps the recent security-for-journalists talk and installfest at Hacks/Hackers NYC.

Event liberation hack day data Projects from the OpenNews-MIT Hack Day

Projects from the OpenNews-MIT Hack Day

On the weekend leading into the Knight-MIT Civic Media Conference, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews and MIT sponsored a hack day focused on data liberation and housed at the MIT Media Lab.

Event OpenVisConf OpenVis Conf Wrap-Up and Videos

OpenVis Conf Wrap-Up and Videos

The first ever OpenVis Conf, held last month in Cambridge, MA, was jam-packed with excellent talks. All the talks are now online, and we’ve pulled out a selection of special interest to people working in and around journalism.