Temple partnering with IRE Conference in Philadelphia

ire2015phillybannerlogoThe Temple University School of Media and Communication is partnering on multiple levels with the 2015 IRE Conference, scheduled for June 4th through 7th in Philadelphia.

The Center for Public Interest Journalism is providing sponsorships for 25 journalists from the Philadelphia region to attend the conference at no cost.

The sponsorship application deadline is April 30th. Apply now!

Temple is also sponsoring a track of panels focused on diversity in journalism during the conference.

“This collaboration between Temple and IRE is a unique and exciting opportunity for our students, our faculty and for the Philadelphia journalism community we help support,” said Dean David Boardman, who is a former president of IRE. “There is no more important training organization in journalism than IRE.”

Faculty members and staff members have been partcipating on the conference planning committee and will be attending. A group of Temple students will also be selected to participate as volunteers.

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

You can find information concerning topics, training, mentoring opportunities and more on the conference homepage.

The conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Check the IRE site for travel information.

About #IRE15:

The best in the business will gather for more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.

About IRE:

Investigative Reporters and Editors is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting. IRE was formed in 1975 to create a forum in which journalists throughout the world could help each other by sharing story ideas, newsgathering techniques and news sources.

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Register now for BarCamp News Innovation 2015 at Temple University

BarCamp NewsInnovation, Philadelphia’s annual, one-day national un-conference on journalism innovation and the future of news, will take place on Saturday, May 2nd at Annenberg Hall, on the main campus of Temple University in Philadelphia.

This year’s keynote presenter will be Lauren Rabaino, Director of Editorial Products at Vox Media.

Register now to get the $10 early-bird rate through April 15th; or attend for free with a valid student ID.

More info: http://bcniphilly.com #bcni15

Take a look back at #bcni13 with this overview including interviews with Chris Wink of Technically MediaAndrew Mendelson of CPIJ and the Temple University Department of JournalismAmy Quinn of PlanPhilly and NewsWorks, and Temple ’12 journalism grad Matt Petrillo of @News13ssptv@FSRN and @NarrativelyNY.



In case you haven’t been to a barcamp, it is a user-generated conference — or un-conference — where everyone is encouraged to present and expected to participate in a grid of workshops that develop throughout the day. It feels something like social media in the face-to-face world.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the presentations will start at 10 a.m. After an hour break for lunch at 12 p.m., the last presentations will start at 4 p.m. (FAQs)

Posted in Barcamp, BCNI, Events, News

CPIJ partners with AL DÍA to stream mayoral forum



The staff of AL DÍA News Media, with technical support from The Center for Public Interest Journalism and TUTV, streamed live video from their event Monday night: In conversation with Philadelphia; a discussion between the mayoral candidates, the media, and the city.

Six Democratic mayoral hopefuls took questions from a diverse group of six local journalists, while additional questions were submitted live via social media.

At left: Temple student Melissa Steininger of TUTV operated the camera while Pilar Casi of AL DÍA set up and monitored the stream.

Watch the complete video:

Posted in Events, News, Video

New video: How community leaders, citizens, journalists, and others can use Open Data Philly

We just posted another tutorial on the new OpenDataPhilly channel on YouTube:

Welcome to Open Data Philly, the public portal that connects people with Philadelphia-related data.

In this tutorial, we’re going to discuss how community leaders, citizens journalists, and other interested parties can use Open Data Philly to help them with a variety of tasks.

And if you’re looking for data and you don’t find it, you’ll be interested to know that the City of Philadelphia has hundreds of datasets that it hasn’t released. The City maintains a website showing the current dataset inventory, and there is a form, called an Open Data Request, that users can submit in order to request data in the city’s inventory.

The Open Data Request form is a PDF file that contains instructions, along with a paper form that you must print and complete. This form must be mailed or faxed to the appropriate Open Data Officer of the city department that maintains the data you are requesting. The names and contact information for each Open Data Officer are included in the instructions.

Visit: opendataphilly.org

More info: Redesigned Open Data Philly site goes live


Posted in News, OpenDataPhilly, Video

Video intro: Welcome to Open Data Philly

We just posted our first tutorial on the new OpenDataPhilly channel on YouTube:

Welcome to Open Data Philly, the public portal that connects people with Philly data. Open Data Philly is a portal that provides access to data about the Philadelphia region. Most of this data is in the form of downloadable data, online apps, and Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, which is a fancy term for data that can be used by a programmer to create a computer application program. There are other formats as well, and we use the term “data sets” to refer to any of them. Visit: opendataphilly.org

More info: Redesigned Open Data Philly site goes live

Posted in OpenDataPhilly, Video
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