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Breaking down the language barrier between developers and journalists

Hey coders, want a job in newsroom data viz? Journalists, want to help build a slick interactive in a day?

Come to the MIT Media Lab on Sunday, May 18th, from 9am-6pm for a workshop on digital fluency in the newsroom. Coders will leave with some journalism chops and journalists will be conversant in digital reporting tools and (hopefully) will have a project they can post to their news site. We’ll have fun and new datasets, a plethora of visualization possibilities and of course free food and drinks.

CODERS: This is for for developers/coders who want a job at the major news organizations and who want a chance to work with veteran journalists on projects to add to their portfolio. Candidates should have an interest in journalism and digital media. Experience in dataviz, maps, interactives, new ways of presenting data, is a plus.

JOURNALISTS: This is for journalists from print, radio, TV and/or web looking to expand their digital reporting skills.


9-9:15am coffee and light breakfast

9:15-10:00am short introductions, meet your teammate, presenting datasets and possibilities for storytelling

10am-1pm work in teams

1-2pm lunch

2pm-5pm work in teams

5-6pm 10 minute presentations of the story, the data you used and tools you used.

6pm nearby bar

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really bummed I had to dip out early. I learned a lot just in the first half.

    Can anyone share links to projects or other resources that came of the day?

    Look forward to seeing you all again.


    May 19, 2014

  • Will K.

    Yes! Many thanks, Matt, Aleszu, and Kate. It was really fun.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Betsy

    Thanks again for the thoughtful organization, Matt, Aleszu and Katy. Such a fun and useful day.

    May 19, 2014

  • Matt C.

    Great group of people & fun projects. What's not to like?

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • David

    Hey guys, thanks so much for today and especially Matt, Aleszu, & Kate for putting it together :-)

    May 18, 2014

  • UrbanDev (.

    I just joined the group today, wish I could have made it. :(

    1 · May 18, 2014

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