ICFJ Knight roundup: Hacks/Hackers in Buenos Aires hosts UXathon

by Alyssa Mesich
Oct 30, 2018 in Miscellaneous

Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field. Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

A participant in a recent hackathon outlines her experience, an ICFJ Knight Fellow is featured on a media technology podcast and more from the Knight Fellows in this week’s roundup.

Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires hosts UXathon

Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires, co-founded by ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariano Blejman, held a UXathon, a hackathon on user experience. Click here to read about Luciana Godoy’s experience (in Spanish) as a first-time participant.

Podcast on the changing landscape of media technology

ICFJ Knight Fellow Christopher Guess, based in Bosnia, is working on boosting sustainability and growth of watchdog centers for crime and corruption, all members of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project in Central and Eastern Europe. Listen to his interview on innovation, journalism and technology in the U.S. and internationally on the Turkish Girişimci Muhabbeti podcast.


Holding Mexican political candidates accountable for their past


Animal Político and Cargografías, a HacksLab grantee, launched #CargografiasDF, providing information on candidates running for delegate positions in Mexico City's June 7 election. The interactive tool incorporates technology from Cargografias, which track politicians’ positions in government, salaries and party affiliations using an interactive timeline.

Are there two single women for every man in Cape Town?

Does this urban legend hold any truth? Bruce Bassett, head of the Cosmology research group, worked with his team at last month’s Data Quest, hosted by Code for South Africa and Govhack, to uncover the “true” story. They broke into the census data to crunch the numbers. Here is a post he wrote on the results.

Exposing the Mafia’s hidden assets in Africa

The African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) and the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) created an online archive of the most important documents that helped them track the Mafia's secret ownership of everything from diamond mines to nightclubs, game farms and luxury country estates across the continent.

These 108 documents are hosted on ANCIR's ‪#‎sourceAFRICA ‬platform, allowing users to comment on the documents to help them find new leads. View the ‪#‎MafiaAfrica‬ investigation here.

What else the fellows have been up to

  • ANCIR's sourceAFRICA, created by ICFJ Knight Fellow Justin Arenstein and Code for Africa, developed a beta WordPress plugin and oEmbed so you can embed their resources on your own site. Download it here.

  • What should journalists learn from the Rolling Stone's November story on campus rape? Heinrich Böhmke, a legal advisor to ANCIR, shared some insights with the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

  • The Indigo Trust features Code for South Africa’s Mapping Cape Town’s Budget project.

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