CPIJ Update: July, 2015


Open Data Philly keeps growing

More than 70 new datasets have been added to Open Data Philly since the project was relaunched earlier this year. Check “Featured Projects” on the home page for an updated look at apps, maps, services and tools developed using data from the site.

OpenDataPhilly.org also now offers introductory video tutorials in two languages:
Welcome to Open Data Philly
How community leaders, citizens, journalists, and others can use Open Data Philly

Bienvenido a Open Data Philly
Open Data Philly: Para los líderes de la comunidad, los ciudadanos y los periodistas

The Center for Public Interest Journalism organized two recent panels featuring Philadelphia’s open data leaders, first during Barcamp News Innovation and then for a party of international visitors at the city’s Innovation Lab.

Breaking news! We just learned that Open Data Philly has been nominated for Web Project of the Year from the Philadelphia Geek Awards. Winners will be announced on August 15th at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Spring conference recap

By the time the Investigative Reporters and Editor 2015 Conference left Philadelphia last month, CPIJ and the Temple University School of Media and Communication had sent 48 attendeesincluding 25 journalists from the Philadelphia region — and played a role in eight panels.

At the same time, CPIJ was hosting the meetings of Local Independent Online News Publishers, nearby at Temple’s Center City campus.

One month earlier, 150 people attended BarCamp News Innovation — Philadelphia’s national un-conference on the future of news — which CPIJ has hosted annually since 2008.

Next Mayor update

Just a couple of weeks before Philadelphia’s mayoral primary election in May, the Center for Public Interest Journalism and Next Mayor project partners hosted a debate among Philadelphia Democratic mayoral candidates at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

CPIJ announced earlier this year that it was joining Philadelphia Media Network – owner of Philly.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News – and others in a foundation-funded partnership designed to support high-quality reporting on the 2015 Philadelphia mayoral campaign.

You can view primary coverage produced last spring by Temple University students at nextmayorphl.org and partner coverage continuing this summer at nextmayor.philly.com.

CPIJ also partnered with AL DÍA News Media to produce live streaming video coverage of their mayoral forum.

(Debate photo courtesy of Stephanie Aaronson, Philly.com)

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CPIJ hosts visiting officials; honored for poverty reporting collaboration

Above: City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski addresses the visitors.

Above: City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski addresses the visitors.

Open Data Philly leaders host international guests

Last month, Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia — the region’s international relations organization — requested a meeting between the people behind Open Data Philly and a party of six government and NGO officials visiting through the Open Government Partnership, a part of the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership program.

Open Data Philly — a catalog of open data in the Philadelphia region — is maintained though a partnership including the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology and Azavea, a geospatial analysis (GIS) software development firm here in Philadelphia.

Guests from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Slovakia were greeted by Jim MacMillan of CPIJ, who offered a brief overview of open data and data journalism.

Azavea founder and president Robert Cheetham details the history of Open Data Philly.

Azavea founder and president Robert Cheetham details the history of Open Data Philly.

Next, Azavea founder and president Robert Cheetham delivered an overview and history of Open Data Philly, including how his company built the data portal and what it contains today.

City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski, who made the city’s Innovation Lab available for the gathering, concluded with a presentation covering best practices inside government as well as how the city got involved with Open Data Philly, what’s been a accomplished and what’s next.

Following the event, Citizen Diplomacy International program officer Lissa Morinsky said the event “helped make the Philadelphia region look great to another part of the world.”

CPIJ, partners honored with Clarion Award

Tapped Out,” a collaboration detailing the impact of poverty in Philadelphia, was recently recognized as the best newspaper investigative series by the Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications.

Partners included the Philadelphia Daily News, WHYY, AxisPhilly, Media Mobilizing Project and the Center for Public Interest Journalism. The Center helped organize preliminary meetings and supported, designed and analyzed a citywide survey through which nearly 350 randomly selected people from across the city were phoned. More information:CPIJ supports “Tapped Out” collaborative special report on poverty from the Philadelphia Daily News

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Investigative reporters converging on Philadelphia this week

More than 1,000 journalists are expected to descend on Philadelphia for the national conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors and related events this week.

The Temple University School of Media and Communication (SMC) is partnering with the conference while the Center for Public Interest Journalism (CPIJ) is supporting 25 journalists from the Philadelphia region who will be in attendance.

Temple SMC is sponsoring several panels, including:
Investigating child & family issues
Beyond Ferguson: Investigating schools, police and inequality
Human rights reporting

Temple Journalism Professor Linn Washington will participate on a Thursday afternoon panel which will address “Covering police shootings in ethnic communities.” Journalism Professor Sherry Yu will speak on a panel Saturday afternoon, which will discuss “Reporting on diverse communities that aren’t your own.”

SMC Dean David Boardman will moderate “The ethics of sourcing” Thursday afternoon. On Saturday morning, CPIJ’s Jim MacMillan will moderate “Navigating the publishing world: From ebooks to your first novel.” More than a dozen faculty and staff members are also expected to attend the conference.

New York Times Investigative reporter James Risen will keynote the conference. Influential journalists Seymour Hersh and Laura Poitras will participate conversation-style sessions.

You can view the complete conference schedule online, but you must join IRE before you can register to attend.

Social events begin with the Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference Happy Hour, which is open to all Wednesday from from 6 to 8 p.m. at nearby the Independence Beer Garden, across from the Liberty Bell on Independence Mall. Please RSVP via hosting partners ONA Philly or Hacks/Hackers Philly.

Beginning Saturday, LION Publishers will hold their conference — “Independents’ Meeting: Innovation with Integrity, Information with Impact” — at Temple University Center City, just a couple of blocks from the IRE hotel. Registration is just $25, but free to students and members.

The LION conference is devoted to the journalistic excellence and economic well-being of local independent online news sites, and promises opportunities to discuss common issues and problems, share success stories and encourage the founding of new local news sites. More info: LION Publishers conference coming to Temple University Center City.

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Updated with program info: LION Publishers conference coming to Temple University Center City

LION Publishers will hold their “Independents’ Meeting: Innovation with Integrity, Information with Impact” on June 6th and 7th at Temple University Center City.

phillymeetingbanner3-2This conference is devoted to the journalistic excellence and economic well-being of local independent online news sites, and promises opportunities to discuss common issues and problems, share success stories and encourage the founding of new local news sites.

The event will feature an informative slate of speakers, workshops and panels on topics relating to local publishing, covering real-world strategies for revenue, hands-on technology demonstrations, effective reporting tips, and experts speaking on business and legal issues.

The two day conference is free to members and students, but only $25 for non-members.

LION Publishers has more than 110 members in 30 states and Washington, D.C., representing both for-profit and nonprofit business models — all independently owned and operated — and devoted to local journalism.

Previous LION gatherings have been an excellent source of information and networking for journalists who have recently launched their own local news sites or are considering it. With a wide diversity of membership, and some publishers who have been in operation for over a decade, LION brings together the best business and reporting minds in local online news.

Saturday, June 6, 2:30-7 p.m.

  • 2 p.m. Registration
  • 2:30-3 p.m Opening Remarks/Introductions
  • 3-4 p.m LION Lessons Learned: Share your quick tips in 60 seconds
  • 4:10-4:45 p.m Brian James Kirk, Technical.ly Philly: Stealing Ideas from Startups: How we built our journalism tech stack on the cheap
  • 4:50-5:30 p.m Jim Brady, Billy Penn: Millennials and Mobile
  • 5:30-7 p.m Reception: Beer, wine & appetizers (hosted with kind support from Broadstreet Ads)

Sunday, June 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • 9-9:30 a.m Opening Remarks/Introductions
  • 9:30-10 a.m Jan Schaffer, J-Lab: Legal Issues for Digital News Startups
  • 10:05-10:30 a.m Keith Hammonds, Solutions Journalism Network: Increasing Engagement by Tackling Local Issues
  • 10:35-11 a.m Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, and Dylan Smith, TucsonSentinel.com: Crowdfunding Local Journalism
  • 11:05-11:30 a.m Local Publisher Advantage: Kenny Katzgrau, Broadstreet Ads: The Local Publisher’s Advantage
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m Lunch & socializing (box lunch provided)
  • 12:30-12:55 p.m Jesse Holcomb, Pew Research Center: Lessons from Pew’s Local Media Study
  • 1:0-1:20 p.m Jim MacMillan, Temple University: Inside Philly’s Gun Crisis News project
  • 1:20-1:40 p.m Suzanne McBride, Austin Talks, and Kelly Gilfillan, Brentwood Home Page: Internship and Volunteer Programs — Potentials and Pitfalls
  • 1:40-2 p.m Jay Allred, Richland Source, and Doug Hardy, CT News Junkie: Revenue Diversity
  • 2:10-2:45 p.m LION Member Panel: Roundtable on Revenue Ideas
  • 2:45-3 p.m Break
  • 3-4 p.m Final Session: Takeaways and Open Discussion

More info and registration: LIONs in Philly

Questions about becoming a sponsor of the LION Summit or about programming or registration can be directed to interim executive director Matt DeRienzo at mattderienzo@lionpublishers.com.

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CPIJ sending 25 journalists to #IRE15

ire_twitter_400x400The Center for Public Interest Journalism is providing sponsorships for 25 journalists from the Philadelphia region to attend the upcoming 2015 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference at no cost. Selected applicants include:

• Faye Anderson of TrackingChange.info
• Bobbi Booker of The Philadelphia Tribune, Examiner.com, WRTI 90.1Fm and Philadelphia Magazine
• Marilyn D’Angelo of WHYY and NewsWorks.org
• Matt Flowers of Gannett
• Ana Gamboa of AL DÍA News
• Kristen Gillette of Generocity.org
• Meeri Kim, Freelance science writer
• Chris Krewson of Billy Penn
• Josh Kruger of Philadelphia Weekly
• Max Marin of AL DÍA News
• James McGinnis of Calkins Media
• Regina Medina of the Philadelphia Daily News
• Hayden Mitman of The Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times
• Karen Naylor of the Bucks County Courier Times
• Indah Nuritasari of Newsworks.org and the Indonesian Lantern
• Susan Phillips of StateImpact PA/WHYY
• Sameer Rao, Freelance
• Zachary Rendin, Freelance
• Juliana Reyes of Technical.ly
• Monica Robinson, Freelance
• Brett Sholtis of the York Daily Record
• Michael Sisak of The Associated Press
• Paul Socolar of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook
• Jonathan Valania of Phawker.Com
• Alex Vuocolo of Generocity.org

The Temple University School of Media and Communication is partnering on several levels with the #IRE15 Conference, scheduled for June 4th through 7th in Philadelphia. At least 15 staff and faculty members will attend and seven students have been selected to participate as volunteers. Temple is also sponsoring a track of panels focused on diversity in journalism during the conference.


Learn more about the conference: ire.org/conferences/ire-2015

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