• Investigating big tech by finding their undocumented APIs

    Newspeak House

    This month we'll be learning how to investigate big tech by finding their undocumented APIs!

    An API is a way to retrieve data from a website. Typically these are documented -- they are built for the public, and have instructions on how to use them. But many websites have 'undocumented' APIs that are only meant for their internal use -- and these can be some of the most interesting as by finding and analysing the data from these APIs we can get a window into how a company operates.

    In this session we'll be learning how to find and use undocumented APIs as a reporting resource, as well as hearing how this data source has been used to report on the tech industry.

    All of our events are suitable for beginners, and no programming experience is required. Bring a laptop along as this a practical, hands-on workshop.

    Before the event, check out the shared doc we'll be using, and sign up for a Dropbox account if you don't already have one so you can edit it. Then please add links to the show and tell section! These can be great data stories you've seen, new tools, jobs you’re hiring for, announcements -- anything others might be interested in. We'll check out what everyone has shared at the start of the event.

    7:00 🚪 Doors open
    7:30 🗣 Show and tell
    7:40 💻 Tutorial
    9:00 🍺 Drinks at the Well & Bucket

    If you can't make the main event, you're also welcome to just join us in the pub from 9!

    What is Journocoders? We are a community and monthly meetup for journalists and other people in the media who want to learn technical skills for use in their reporting -- and meet likeminded others.

    Our events do typically fill up, but if it's full please do join the waitlist as spaces do often open up. And if you find you can no longer make it, please update your RSVP so someone else can take your spot.