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Hacks/Hackers Brisbane Message Board › Wrap up: March Meetup

Wrap up: March Meetup

Skye D.
Brisbane, AU
Post #: 12
Apologies for the delay with this, my internet has been down (damn Telstra!)

Right, last week we were joined by Ursula Skjonnemand, the new newsroom co-ordinator at the Edge. She gave us a run down of the Citizen J program. There are a few things HacksHackers might be interested in - as a group and individually.

1. Part of the Citizen J program is an experimentation fund. Projects can apply for $5,000 to spend on a tool or application. These will be announced shortly. This is certainly something our members might be keen on applying for and there was some discussion about what we might be able to build for our G20 project. As soon as we hear that applications are open we'll give you a heads up.

2. The Citizen J program is looking for mentors for its 50 or so contributors. These people have a range of interests and skills. Anyone interested in giving advice to those involved in the program should contact Ursula directly or the Citizen J program generally.

Contacts are:

3. Ursula was keen on our G20 idea and thought it might help balance some of the content in the Citizen J program generally - a good thing for the program longer term. There are contributors who would likely love to get involved also.

Citizen J aside we discussed trends in newsrooms and the need for computational skills in journalists. Rae mentioned a trend in Canada where the national broadcaster there is interested in developing such skills in journalists rather than bringing in programmers.

We also discussed the skills audit. Since the last meeting I have been in touch with HacksHackers New York about the best way forward. They didn't know of other examples but suggested a survey.
I will pull one together and get it out before our next meeting (yet to be scheduled). It would be useful if anyone interested in becoming involved with projects could fill it in.

Lastly, a big thanks to those who come along to meetings. It's always a lively discussion. We look forward to meeting more of our members over coming months.


Skye D.
Brisbane, AU
Post #: 13
The Edge has today launched it's $20,000 CitizenJ Experiments Fund. They are looking for applications for projects in areas of Content, Tools and Residency. Applications close on 12 April 2013. Full details can be found at http://citizenj.edgeq...­.
I'll put the press release in the Files section ... under More.
We'll aim to have a Meetup the week before the deadline so anyone with a project can get some feedback and help ... if you need it.
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