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La Opinion/ NAHJ Immigration tut/hack

Hi folks,

In case you missed Patrick's earlier post, we've recently been invited to participate in a tutorial/hackathon that La Opinion/the LA Press Club and the National Assoc of Hispanic Journalists is sponsoring with assistance from Google (Fusion Table crew). They're theming it around immigration data (of which there is plenty) and they've already pulled together a good deal of data for us to play around with (here: (If you have ideas, you can add them to their list of project possibilities).

They're hoping to split the 2-day event into a tutorial for newbies (mainly around using Fusion Tables), and hackathon for those who want to tool with the data (They've cobbled together a $1k cash prize to sweeten the deal). You can sign up for either or both. It's free.

More info below. One thing: PLEASE RSVP TO THEIR EVENTBRITE (, rather than on our Meetup invite. They tell me they want a head count for food and bev purposes.

Keep your eye on this spot. We'll have more -- and more regular -- HHLA meetups coming soon.



I’m writing to invite you to join us for the first Hackathon on Immigration, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, 2012, in La Opinion’s office in Los Angeles, Ca.

The first day of this 2-day data summit, titled Datafest on Immigration, will consist of workshops for journalists intended to provide practical training on how to build basic core skills on “Data Mining and Mapping” using free online tools such as Google Fusion Tables.

During the second day, we will collaborate with scientists and programmers. Together we move forward to create the most innovative use of data during our fully implement Hackathon.

You have been invited to attend based on the distinguished work you’ve done in the past and/or your current interest in the field. Thanks to the support from The Institute of Justice and Journalism (IJJ), La Opinión, Sprint, The Los Angeles Press Club and The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) we are able to cover the training for a limited number of journalists who will be attending, of which you would be one.

All applications are due by Nov. 30th, 2012

Apply here for the training

We will cover the cost of training and food, but space is limited. Act quickly to take advantage of this opportunity.

For additional information visit our Website and Wiki Page!inicio/mainPage

Looking forward to seeing you.


Claudia Núñez
John S. Knight Journalism Fellow Alumni
Department of Communication
Stanford University

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  • Claudia N.

    Hi everyone,

    I can't thank you enough or show my appreciation for all your support.

    We are grateful that so many journalists, programmers, academics and activists took time out of their busy schedules to collaborate. There were more than 20 hours of data analysis and the final headcount was 93 people. Because you, L.A. Migrahack was a success!

    You can see the projects, videos, pictures, Storify and press covered in our website

    We all learned a lot, not just from our speakers, but from our very engaged participants.

    Again, thank you so much and Happy Holidays!


    Claudia Nunez

    December 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was only able to be there on the Saturday of the tutorials, but I found them extremely helpful, particularly Daniel Greenberg's presentation on data visualization and the Google tools workshop.

    December 10, 2012

  • Claudia N.

    NOTE: Registration is closed but we will add spots as they open up. Shoot us an email at [masked] to add your name to the waiting list!
    Hope to see you!

    December 3, 2012

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