Write a Data-Driven Journalism Handbook

Challenge: Assemble a utility belt for data-driven journalists

There’s increasing pressure on journalists to drive news stories and visualizations from data. But where do you start? What skills are needed to do data-driven journalism well? What’s missing from existing tools and documentation? Put together a user-friendly handbook for finding, cleaning, sorting, creating, and visualizing data — all in service of powerful stories and reporting.

A group of leading data journalists, developers and others are meeting to kickstart work on the handbook. Read more.

Hosted by Jonathan Gray, Open Knowledge Foundation and Liliana Bounegru, European Journalism Centre

What did we make? Assets & prototypes:

Verifying Breaking News Sources: How can we know who to trust?

Challenge: A social approach to verifying sources in real-time crisis reporting

The London riots, Japanese tsunami, or Arab Spring. Information and human stories flood in, rumors spread, and images and data explode. How do we determine the authenticity of what’s being reported? How do we know someone is who they say they are? Use the social web, trust metrics, and other tools to help journalists accurately verify sources during the confusion of a crisis.

Hosted by Charl van Niekerk, Ushahidi

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As this session gets up and running, you’ll be able to find further description, notes and session outcomes and products on its wiki page.

Balancing the Newsflow: Real-time reporting vs. the big picture

Challenge: Workflow and user experience that seamlessly integrates real time reporting into the big picture

When news happens, journalists race to cover the action through live blogs, streaming videos, and multiple sources compiled in real time. But readers often want a summary or more contextual pieces as well, to help fit all those bits into the bigger picture. How do we create workflow for journalism as a process — a stream of data and analysis — rather than just publishing isolated story units? How do we flow from real time news assets like live blogs to lead articles? Design new content workflow with the pros behind Al Jazeera’s successful live blogs.

Hosted by Al Jazeera

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As this session gets up and running, you’ll be able to find further description, notes and session outcomes and products on its wiki page.

Touch the News

Challenge: Envision a tablet app for the Boston Globe.

The recent launch of BostonGlobe.com wow’ed the web world with its use of HTML5 and responsive design approach. Working in small, multi-disciplinary teams, we challenge you to envision a tablet-optimised version of the Boston Globe. How can it appeal to a younger, app-savvy audience? What interactions and navigation concepts could make this a news experience that stands out? How can it utilise native tablet functionality through HTML5?

Hosted by Johanna Kollmann, Design Jams; Cristiano Betta and Kevin Prince, Geeks of London; and Jeff Moriarty, Boston Globe.

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London Hive Pop Up For Kids

Goal: Youth-led web making, learning, and play
Facilitator: Hive Learning Network
Duration: All weekend

We’re designing around the way kids learn technology, based on Mizuko Ito’s concepts of hanging out, messing around and geeking out. Tools include HTML Pad and X-Ray Goggles that let kids bend, blend, and remix websites easily.

At the London Hive Pop Up Experience, youth aged 13-18 will camp out in their own space during the Festival and co-create digital stories and learning games on the web. The program will be lead by youth and educators from London, Hive NYC, Digital Youth Network, and more.

If you are an educator or run a youth program, please get in touch with festival at mozilla dot org to get involved.