Join the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalist Association, the International Center for Journalists, and Google for a day-long summit featuring industry leaders from Washington DC, plus demos and hands-on workshops with Google product experts. Bring your laptop and be prepared to dive into the latest tips and tricks at this free event.
Attendance is free, but please RSVP HERE to confirm participation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants.
With unpublished work from the world’s top photographers, Michael Kamber’s new book Photojournalists on War features a groundbreaking visual and oral history of America’s nine-year conflict in the Middle East.
Join Brooklyn Brewery and War Correspondents at the Brooklyn Brewery for a dialogue on the shocking and heroic actions taken by journalists in covering the war, featuring:
Michael Kamber: Pulitzer-prize nominated writer and photojournalist, NY Times chief photographer in Baghdad in 2007, author of Photojournalists on War
Steve Hindy: Co-founder of The Brooklyn Brewery, former AP foreign correspondent
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased here. Ticket includes admission and a free Brooklyn Brewery beer. All proceeds from the events in this series benefit RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues).
Forty million tablet devices were sold in 2012, and the introduction of the iPad mini and similar 7-inch tablets as well are reopening doors for design and the news industry. You’re not too late to embrace this next wave of skills and technology, and to appreciate some of the best work being done in journalism today.
The Minnesota Journalism Center is co-sponsoring this event and will be hosting a reception and roundtable Friday evening for all attendees. The roundtable will feature local professionals sharing their design stories.
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.
Eleven projects from 13 U.S. universities each won $35,000 to help seed collaborative news projects in their communities and six more projects received honorable mentions. Each school is working with local news partners on innovative projects.
Projects will tackle a range of experiments, including:
Can virtual reality tell the stories of marginalized youth in the Georgia juvenile system?
Can events journalism engage a local Hispanic community to follow government news affecting Latinos?
Can a project tracking food truck lines show news organizations how to develop commercially valuable data?
Can students create a digital network for fact-checking and investigating claims about the African-American community?
This is the second round of micro-grants awarded through the program, which encourages more U.S. journalism schools to be thought leaders, innovators and change agents. Learn more about the Challenge Fund projects.