Pre-Hackathon brainstorming lunch – Friday, March 22

Pre-Hackathon brainstorming lunch – Friday, March 22

On Fri. March 22, 11:45am-1pm, the Center for Public Interest Journalism is helping to organize a data journalism brainstorm to prepare for the News Hackathon scheduled as part of  BarCamp NewsInnovation on April 27, 2013 (during PhillyTechWeek). The meeting will take place at the offices of the Philadelphia Inquirer (801 E. Market St.).  Lunch will be provided.

Data, visualizations and web apps continue to be a growing force in the future of public affairs reporting, and weekend hackathons that feature coders making those tools more available are growing nationwide.  We’re hoping to gather journalists interested in how to use data to hear about locally built data tools and help brainstorm ideas about projects that they’d like to see built during a hackathon.  Examples from previous hackathons include PhillyRapSheet.com, PhillyAddress.com and LGBTrights.me. The discussion is organized by local technology news organization TechnicallyPhilly.com with help from Knight-Mozilla Open News.

Planned agenda:

11:45am: Grab lunch, get settled
12pm: Intros and welcome

12:05pm: Example of hackathon projects and other data journalism reporting tools
12:25pm:  What are hangups for reporting, lack of data, transparency and lifehacks
12:30pm: Offer up suggestions for projects or ideas for hackathon
12:45pm: Focus ideas into more actionable ideas to share more widely
1:00pm: Questions, etc.

Please RSVP to info@cpijournalism.org.

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