The legacy of Barcamp News Innovation has been a gathering of smart people thinking and working on the future of informing communities in a welcoming, informal and organic way. It’s the spirit of the unconference.
That means we’ve long attracted interested people from as far as Vermont, Florida and Washington state and beyond. We know that costs and while this valuable professional development day can surely be justified — just a $5 ticket, so it’s all in the travel — we want to support those with fewer resources who might be otherwise unable to attend.
So we’re thrilled to announce that, in partnership with our organizing partner the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University, we’ll be helping to cover the travel expenses of 4-5 out-of-market attendees. (We have $1,000 from CPIJ and so we’re estimating covering up to $200 for five attendees, but we’re open to supporting fewer people coming from farther or more people coming from closer). This is our first attempt at this, so feedback is welcome too.
To be considered for a micro-grant, please fill out this form here before midnight on Sunday, April 13.
We plan on having winners make the given travel purchases (train, flight, cab, etc.) and then submit receipts. We can be flexible on that and expedite payment.
Amanda Zamora is senior engagement editor at ProPublica. Previously, she led The Washington Post’s online election coverage as national digital editor. She first joined the Post in 2003, spending six years as an online editor and producer for various departments, including the investigative reporting unit, before serving as its first social media and engagement editor from 2010 – 2011. Zamora began her journalism career at the Austin American-Statesman as an editorial aide and reporter. In 2009, she helped launch the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, a nonprofit news site based in Washington, D.C. She is also a previous Knight Digital Media Fellow with the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.
The sixth annual BarCamp NewsInnovation is taking place on Sat. April 26.
Register here. Agenda and speaker details to come.
This year, we won’t be part of Philly Tech Week, which is happening earlier in the month.
If you missed the ongoing conversation on how to measure impact in journalism that happened during BCNI this April, check out a full video of the session.
Watch it below.
A visualized map of police advisory complaints in the City of Philadelphia won the third annual BarCamp NewsInnovation News Hackathon.
Seven projects, judged by Temple University Journalism Dept. Chairman Andy Mendelson, Technically Philly reporter Juliana Reyes and Sunlight Foundation’s Bob Lannon:
- Mapping Police Complaints by Mike Ball [WINNER]– Mike created an interactive map plotting the 2009 to 2012 complaints filed with the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission by citizens against Philadelphia Police officers. Find the map at ph.ly/pac.
- Social Media Manager tweets by Brian Abelson — Taken down by Twitter right after presenting, Abelson built a tool that retweeted any message between a list of prominent social media staffers at news outlets, whom Abelson said seem to spend a lot of time talking to each other on Twitter.
- StateRep.Me Design by Georgia Guthrie with Chris Brown and Christoper Nies — The ongoing StateRep.Me project connecting all communication from Pennsylvania state legislators got a design update during the hackathon.
- Historic Defender by Mjumbe Poe
- Visualize Election Data by Tim Wisniewski
- Ad Sleuth Sunlight Foundation hack by Bennett Huber
- by Pam Selle
The fifth year was perhaps our best attended BarCamp NewsInnovation yet.
Find her on Linkedin here.
Emily is a change from the first planned keynote for this year because of some unfortunate news, but Emily is no stand-in. The accomplished content director is driving one of the world’s best known websites.
Before TED, McManus headed a regional magazine group, and wrote and edited for magazines, books and weekly newspapers. She was copy chief at Wired and the San Francisco Bay Guardian; her first adult job was at a tech magazine called LAN Technology.
One of the biggest changes to the 5th annual BCNI will be some pre-planned sessions to kick things off, so we wanted to highlight some of those sessions with an overall look at the tightened schedule.
We’re also welcoming our friends from the Philly Content Strategy group to bring new faces with a cohosted event: “Content Camp is an unconference that brings together the artistic, strategic, entrepreneurial, and tech communities to exchange ideas and collaborate on the future of content creation, consumption, and compensation.”
Of the five rooms, two will have a broader Content Camp focus and three will look more narrowly at news.
More than 30 journalists and technologists came together in the new Inquirer newsroom today for an introduction to and brainstorming for the BCNI News Hackathon. See our event working document here.
The event, hosted by Interstate General Media and sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Journalism, included the highlight of a handful of hackathon projects that have continued to have success and then the sharing of ideas of data sets and projects reporters would like to see created next month.
The Knight-Mozilla Open News project also supported the time for organizing the event by sponsoring BCNI.
When you come to BarCamp NewsInnovation on Sat. April 27 at 9am (maybe after attending the Philly Tech Week signature event and after party the night before) you’re going to want some coffee, maybe a bagel, maybe something else to get you fed and ready to dive in to a day-long unconference and hackathon.
Thankfully, our friends at the Sunlight Foundation, a longtime supporter of transparency efforts through journalism and data discovery, is helping us out. Not only with breakfast, but with the kind of data and reporting tools that you need to know in 2013.