CPIJ Photo Night at the P&P: Featuring Eric and Kass Mencher

0Together, Kass and Eric Mencher have worked on numerous photo essays, including life along the Lincoln Highway (the first cross-country road in the United States), contemporary life in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, “Compañeros” (a juxtaposition of their images) and anything and everything that happens in front of their cameras. They have both exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally, sometimes individually and other times together. Most recently, they spent six months photographing in the San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, area.

They will be presenting recent iPhone work from Mexico and Guatemala, talking about the process of working together and their conversion to using the iPhone.

Please join us at the Pen and Pencil Club on Wednesday, December 17th at 8 p.m.

Eric Mencher was the recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award for “Rwanda: Aftermath of Genocide” and has won major awards including prizes in World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism and National Headliners. His fellowships include a Penn State University Professional in Residence Fellowship; a Terra Fellowship from the Giverny Institute at the Museum of American Art, Giverny, France; and a Pew Fellowships in the Arts, discipline winner.

Kass Mencher, is a documentary photographer who worked more than 15 years for alternative newspapers in the Philadelphia area, including City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia Gay News. She was awarded First Place, Photojournalism, 2001, by the Association of Alternative Weeklies and has won numerous regional awards including the Pennsylvania Keystone Awards. She now works on personal photo projects, using the iPhone almost exclusively.

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Azavea announces Open Data Philly Visualization Contest

In advance of the upcoming re-launch of Open Data Philly, Azavea has announced the Open Data Philly Visualization Contest.

The competition invites designers, data scientists, developers and “anyone who enjoys exploring and visualizing open data” to share visualizations that utilize open data found on OpenDataPhilly.org.

Up to 10 entries representing “creative and visually impactful” uses of Philadelphia’s open data will be featured on the new Open Data Philly website – scheduled for launch in late 2014. Winners will also divide $500 in Amazon gift cards.

Entry deadline: Sunday, November 30th 2014 11:59pm.

Complete details: ph.ly/opendatacontest

logoOpen Data Philly was recognized with a Knight Foundation Prototype Fund grant shortly before the Center for Public Interest Journalism took over administration of the site last spring.

Azavea, which specializes in the creation of geographic web and mobile software as well as geospatial analysis services, built Open Data Philly and is leading the redesign.

Also last week, City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski announced the release of the city’s new Open Data Strategic Plan, along with the accompanying research and analysis known as the Open Data Census. Both are available now at: phila.gov/data.

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Meetup to share #ONA14 takeaways: October 29th at the Pen and Pencil Club


The Center for Public Interest Journalism hosted a reception for journalists from the Philadelphia region during last month’s Online News Association Conference in Chicago.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Online News Association will be hosting their annual ONA National Conference Show and Tell Meetup next week at the Pen and Pencil, America’s oldest press club. (map)

Please RSVP and join us at 7:00 p.m. on October 29th.

#ONA14 National Conference Show and Tell

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014, 7:00 PM

Pen & Pencil Club
1522 Latimer Street Philadelphia, PA

35 People interested in ONA Attending

Every year, after our friends go to the national Online News Association conference (this year in Chicago), we bring everyone together to share what they learned so we can all benefit.10 or so attendees of the national conference will line up and share something specific they learned from the conference.Come on out, have a good time, get a few d…

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Hot topics in Chicago included algorithms, design thinking, digital security, virtual reality and wearable tech. Others focused on how to engage, expand, measure and track online news consumers.

Data journalism, online ethics and copyright law, mobile journalism, programming languages, push alerts, social journalism, startups, structured journalism, video production and viral content were also among many topics addressed. You can view more session posts, many with multimedia coverage at: ona14.journalists.org/sessions/

The Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University sent a party of 19 journalists and educators from the Philadelphia region to the conference this year — and most of them should be present — but all conference attendees are invited to present for a few minutes each.

• Bobbi Booker, Philadelphia Tribune
• Will Bunch, Philadelphia Daily News
• Christine Cavalier, purplecar.net
• Josh Cornfield, The Associated Press
• Ellen DunkelThe Philadelphia Inquirer
Mike GreenleCenter for Public Interest Journalism
• Meeri KimFreelance science reporter
• Mike LyonsWest Philly Local
• Jim MacMillanCenter for Public Interest Journalism
• Andy MendelsonCenter for Public Interest JournalismTemple University
• George MillerTemple University
• Tommy RowanMetroPhilly
• Davis ShaverFusion
• Larry Stains, Temple University
• Albert StummThe Associated Press
• Karen TurnerTemple University
• Fran Viola, Temple University
• Alexander VuocoloGenerocity.org
• Sam WoodPhilly.com

Keep an eye on cpijournalism.org in early 2015 to learn about applying for support to attend ONA and other conferences next year. You can also subscribe to receive email alerts by completing the brief form on our home page.

Amy Webb’s 7th annual 10 Tech Trends for Journalists presentation was popular as always:

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CPIJ Photo Night at the P&P: Featuring April Saul

April Saul has been a photojournalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 30 years. In that time, she has juggled daily newspaper assignments, longterm documentary projects and single parenting, and has received numerous honors including a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

Last year, Saul was awarded an Alicia Patterson Foundation Journalism Fellowship and an NPPA Short Grant to spend a year pursuing her documentary project, “Camden, NJ: A Spirit Invincible.”

Or as she puts it, “I won a year of my life.” While her work in Camden encompasses the city’s problems — homelessness, drug addiction, violence, abandoned buildings — “it also reflects the indomitable spirit of its residents, who are trying to live normal lives against difficult odds.”

Please join us at the Pen and Pencil Club on Wednesday, October 22nd at 8 p.m.

Saul will share work in progress from her Camden project.





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Digital security for journalists: A free workshop with Mike Tigas of Pro Publica

Journalists today interact with digital security in many ways, often without realizing it. Whether it’s protecting an inside source, keeping information from competitors, or securing a Twitter account from hackers looking for attention, a journalist’s livelihood relies on protecting information and online accounts more than ever.

This workshop will introduce threat modeling — a framework for understanding risks, consequences and solutions — and a number of tools that journalists can start using right away to better protect their work.

The second portion of the morning will consist of a hands-on workshop, describing how to use several tools in detail, including password managers, Tor, “off the record” (OTR) message encryption, PGP e-mail encryption and other well-regarded tools and techniques.

This workshop is free of charge for journalists in the Philadelphia region.

Participants should bring a laptop and have the ability to install software on the computer.

We will convene at the Temple University Center City campus on Tuesday, October 14th at 9:30 a.m.

Updates: We will meet in Room 220. The workshop will last no more than three hours; probably closer to two.

Just a few spaces remain: RSVP now and we will make confirmations daily.

Mike Tigastigas is a news applications developer at ProPublica. He works on tools for online privacy and the liberation of public data. He is a lead developer of Tabula (a tool to help extract data from PDF files), CivOmega (a search engine for public datasets), and Onion Browser (an anonymizing web browser for iPhone and iPad). He was a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow and previously worked at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, WA.

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