Breaking down the language barrier between developers and journalists

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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