Pop-up newsroom (at Mini Maker Faire)

As part of the Brighton Digital Festival, Hacks/Hackers Brighton is going to create a 'pop-up' digital newsroom as part of an experiment into local news gathering and reporting techniques. We'd love you to join us at Maker Faire, this Saturday 8th September between 10am and 2pm for a hands on hack day around what news could be.

For this event, Hacks/Hackers is teaming up with Brighton & Hove Community Reporters. The plan is to combine their expert local knowledge with our digital know-how and... see what happens.

We've no set agenda as such, other than to collect and create some interesting stories from around the festival and town in general. What we come up with could be as simple as make a 'Day in the life of Brighton'-style Tumblr, a skill sharing session or an all singing all dancing local news site complete with maps, Twitters and all the other digital paraphernalia in the reporting toolbox.

Brighton & Hove Community Reporters was established in 2010 to help promote cohesion by sharing stories and encouraging links between people from different parts of the community, but since Arts Council funding dried up late last year has relied entirely on volunteer support to keep going. The only thing that we do want to achieve this weekend is to provide the group with some new skills to maintain their work and help to continually improve it - other than that it's a day of trying stuff out and seeing where it goes.

Sound like a good way to spend four hours? Join us at the Dome on Saturday - we're in the big room opposite the bar and you can drop in any time you like.

What is the Mini Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Activities for all ages include arts & crafts, robots and engineering, wood and metalwork, electronics, science, tech, music and more amazing do-it-yourself creation.

Over 5,000 people piled into the Dome for the first Brighton Mini Maker Faire in 2011, to witness the mind-boggling home-made creations of the best inventors, crafters, hackers and DIY-ers from across the UK – and they got involved: making, experimenting, playing, learning and interacting.

Brighton Digital Festival is a celebration of digital culture. It is run by members of Brighton's arts and digital communities, administered by Wired Sussex in association with Lighthouse and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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