Opportunity to get a crash course in coding coming up in May. The workshop is put on by Code with Me, a series of programming workshops for journalists across the United States.
A workshop for beginners: Learn to code with a mentor by your side. You want to learn how to program, but the newsroom always needs you to do something else instead. Maybe you’ve even tried on your own, but it’s hard without someone there to help. At Code with me, a two-day workshop, we pair one professional with every two students, and teach you how to code from the ground up.
We’re designed for journalists without coding experience. You’ll always have the attention of a dedicated teacher so you can learn at your own pace, and never feel lost. With seventeen mentors total, you’ll join a supportive learning community that will continue on after the workshop.
Learn to code with a mentor by your side. Code With Me was started by Sisi Wei of ProPublica and Tom Giratikanon of New York Times. They’ve held events in Washington DC, Miami and Portland (scheduled for May 4-5) and now Austin.
You must fill out the application on the site to be considered for the workshop. You won’t be able to RSVP here on Meetup. All information, including application can be found at codewithme.us/austin/. Follow @CodeWithMe on Twitter.
Mediashift Mixer at Book^2 Camp and Tools of Change
Please join us at the MediaShift Mixer at Solas Bar in New York as an after-party to the Book^2 Camp unconference and a prelude to O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference (see below for a discount to ToC). This will be a great place to meet people who are rethinking book publishing, the author community and self-publishers, fans of e-books and more! You don’t have to attend either of those two events to attend the Mixer. But please RSVP here to reserve your spot!
Here’s a partial list of special guests:
Mark Glaser, MediaShift
Dorian Benkoil, MediaShift, Teeming Media
Kat Meyer, Book^2 Camp, O’Reilly
Joe Wikert, O’Reilly, ToC
Patricia Arancibia, Barnes & Noble
Chris Kubica, neverend media, Book^2 Camp
Kristen McLean, Bookigee
Ami Greko, Kobo
Miral Sattar, Bibliocrunch
Sam Missingham, The Bookseller
Benjamin Samuel, Electric Literature
The first round of drinks is on MediaShift!
You can get a 15% discount on entry to O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference by using the MEDIASHIFT code when you register here. For more information about Book^2 Camp go here.
Note: You don’t have to be registered for the Book^2 Camp unconference or O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference to attend our Mixer, but please do RSVP to save your spot!
TRANSPARENCY IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION A Fourth-Year Assessment
Presented by WCL’s Collaboration on Government Secrecy
Since January 20, 2009, the Administration of President Barack Obama has striven to keep his presidential campaign commitment to create “the most transparent administration in history,” beginning with his sweeping “Day One” transparency and FOIA policy memoranda. After creating high expectations for the full and prompt implementation of these new transparency policies, however, the Obama Administration and its Department of Justice struggled greatly during the first presidential term to do so — which led to growing concern and even alarm in the openness-in-government community. This program, as the fifth in a series of eight such programs conducted by CGS on or near January 20 of each year, aims to gather leading experts on transparency issues together with representatives of the Obama Administration to focus on exactly what has been done, what has not in fact been done, and what most urgently still needs to be done to finally make meaningful government transparency a reality in what will now be a second Obama Administration term.
9:30 a.m.Welcome and Introduction — Daniel J. Metcalfe, Executive Director, Collaboration on Government Secrecy, Washington College of Law
9:40 a.m.Keynote Speech — Derek Anthony (Tony) West (invited), Acting Associate Attorney General, United States Department of Justice
10:15 a.m.Panel One: OGIS Successes — an assessment of the Office of Government Information Services’ successful discharge of its statutory mandate, and more, during its first three years
James V. Holzer, Senior Director for FOIA Operations, Department of Homeland Security; Miriam M. Nisbet, Director, Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), National Archives and Records Administration; Kathleen M. Ray, Department FOIA Officer, Department of Transportation; representative of Office of Information Policy (OIP) (invited); Claudia A. Trotch, Research Assistant/Dean’s Fellow, Collaboration on Government Secrecy, Washington College of Law; Corinna Zarek, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), National Archives and Records Administration
11:45 a.m. Panel Two: Portal to Success — an early look at the unique new “FOIAonline” portal launched by OGIS, EPA, and three other federal agencies to transform the handling of FOIA requests
Amy Bennett, Assistant Director, OpenTheGovernment.org; Joey A. Hutcherson, Deputy Director of Open Government, Department of Commerce; Rosa M. Koppel, Solicitor and Chief FOIA Officer, Federal Labor Relations Authority; representative of Office of Information Policy (OIP) (invited); Anne L. Weismann, Chief Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW); and Rick Blum, Coordinator, Sunshine in Government Initiative (moderator)
1:00 p.m. Luncheon Presentation — David Burnham, Co-Director, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), and former investigative reporter, The New York Times
2:15 p.m. Panel Three: “FOIA Regs or FOIA Dregs”– a critical review of the widespread failure of federal agencies to issue regulations required for full and proper implementation of the 2007 FOIA Amendments and the Holder FOIA Memorandum of March 2009
Lauren Harper, Research Assistant, National Security Archive; Nate Jones, FOIA Coordinator, National Security Archive; Patrice McDermott, Executive Director, OpenTheGovernment.org; Kirsten Mitchell, Management and Program Analyst, Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), National Archives and Records Administration; representative of Office of Information Policy (OIP) (invited); and Thomas S. Blanton, Director, National Security Archive (moderator)
3:45 p.m. Panel Four: “Transparency” in its Broadest Sense — a broad view of “transparency” as involving the means by which government information is made available for most effective public use
Josh Gerstein, White House Reporter, POLITICO; Daniel Schuman, Director, Advisory Committee on Transparency, and Policy Counsel, Sunlight Foundation; Mark Tapscott, Executive Editor, The Washington Examiner; and Sean Moulton, Director, Federal Information Policy, Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch) (moderator)
5:00 p.m. Reception
General Registration, no charge.
CLE Accreditation (5 credits) will be applied for — CLE Registration, $275. To register, please go to www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration. Select “Transparency in the Obama Administration: A Fourth Year Assessment” from the menu under “Event Information”
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#wjchat 149: Applying for Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Jobs
Join ONA’s Irving Washington, Jeanne Brooks, and Jennifer Mizgata as they host #wjchat this week, offering advice on applying for scholarships, fellowships, grants, and jobs. They will be joined by Ted Han,who hacks for @Documentcloud and IRE, the awesome team at #wjchat, and come of the current AP-Google Scholars. We’ll talk about opportunities and resources that are available, deadlines and how to make yourself stand out when applying.
#wjchat is a weekly twitter chat for web journalists every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET. Each week, journalists come together for an hour and a half to discuss content, technology, ethics, and business of journalism on the web. You can follow the conversation by using the #wjchat hashtag and the organizers reccomend that you use http://tweetchat.com/room/wjchat to follow along. You can follow #wjchat on Twitter at @wjchat.
Report Release: Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present
Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, invites you to a special centennial conversation, “Post-Industrial Journalism,” with Dean Nicholas Lemann and co-authors C.W. Anderson ’09, assistant professor, College of Staten Island, Emily Bell, director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and Clay Shirky, associate professor, NYU.
ONA’s Executive Director, Jane McDonnell, will be attending this event. Join us!
To help defray costs, admission is $20 per person.
Please direct all questions to CUJSCentennial@columbia.edu or Jesse Adams at 212-854-9891.
Interested in seeing how different professionals tell stories with data? In this Conversations Among Crafts, learn how professionals in different sectors use data in their jobs to tell a story and display information. From corporate marketing to interactive news and science, hear how data visualization techniques are being used to understand the state of science education, election results and environmental analysis.
Daniel Keefe, McKnight-Land Grant Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota; director of Interactive Visualization Lab (IV/LAB).
Jennifer Jevnisek, Environmental Scientist, Braun Intertec Corp.
Alan Palazzolo, Interactive News Developer, MinnPost, and Organizer of Twin Cities Data Visualization Group
Jason Voiovich, Director of Corporate Marketing, Logic PD, one of the State Demographer’s Data Visualization contest winners
This is the latest discussion hosted by the Minnesota Journalism Center as part of a series about the journalism craft.
MediaOn – International Seminar on Online Journalism
Attended by some of the biggest names in online journalism and experts, the sixth edition of MediaOn – International Seminar on Online Journalism, held annually by the Earth and Itaú Cultural, brings forth new content production companies, the future of news on mobile devices, the reality of online advertising, the changes in the production and distribution of journalism and transparency in social networks in coverage of the World Cup football. The event is curated by journalists Antonio Prada, Jaime and Fernanda Cerávolo Spitzcovsky this year and has the support of ONA – Online News Association.
We’re all in Vegas to talk about journalism. But we’re also in Vegas to meet – and hang out with – everyone who’s attending UNITY this year. Join us for libations – and chatter – at the week’s premier (as in first we’ve organized) social event.
We’ve decided on the Ri Ra Irish Pub Thursday night. It may get crowded – but we’ll have an area at the back of the bar.
After Apple booted Google Maps from iOS last year, Daniel Graf led the development of a beautiful, refreshed mapping experience that shot to number one in the iTunes store and kicked Apple’s ass on its own turf. Here’s how Graf made it happen—in his own words:
“We have a very successful Android version of Google Maps, so the easiest thing to do was to say, this is super-successful, users love it, so why don’t we just port it over to iOS? But I wanted to challenge the team. While the Android version is a great product, you can also tell it’s been around for a while. You have to access everything via menus—it’s not really best-use-case driven anymore. I said, let’s take a step back—what if we could start from scratch and forget anything we’ve ever done? We have the foundation—the Google data, the mapping data, the local business data, the imagery, the navigation algorithms—it’s a dream to start with.”