ICFJ Knight roundup: Media Party attracts more than 1,600 journalists and technologists

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 recap of Media Party, a science-themed Data Quest and more from the Knight Fellows in this week’s roundup.

Journalists and technologists gather at fourth annual Buenos Aires Media Party

The fourth annual Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media Party wrapped up last Saturday. The three-day event, organized by ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariano Blejman, attracted more than 1,600 journalists and technologists who attended lectures, workshops and a media hackathon. Check out the Storify for highlights, including video interviews, workshop resources and more.

Techies + scientists + journalists = a science "data quest"

Code for South Africa hosted its first ever science-themed Data Quest last week in Cape Town, in partnership with science journalism nonprofit SciBraai and ICFJ. Teams of scientists, techies and journalists developed data visualizations and stories from publicly available data. Wogan May, a member of the winning team, wrote a blog post about their winning project. For more insights from Data Quest, read SciBraai’s blog and Code for South Africa’s data portal.

Common digital security mistakes made by journalists

In this video blog on Colombia's Plataforma de Periodismo, ICFJ Knight Fellow and digital security specialist Jorge Luis Sierra highlights some of the deadly sins that journalists commit. Sierra also describes his background in security and passion for supporting the safety of journalists worldwide in this Pagina|12 Q&A.

Poderopedia focuses on “bigger, better, bolder”

“The owners of censorship in Venezuela,” a joint project of Poderopedia VenezuelaIPYS Venezuela and ArmandoInfo, was nominated for the the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Awards. Poderopedia reveals connections between powerful figures in business and politics. ICFJ Knight Fellow Miguel Paz began the project in Chile and it's expanded to Venezuela and Colombia. Read Poderopedia's blog for more information.

Chicas Poderosas in Rio

Chicas Poderosas, founded by recent ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariana Santos during her fellowship, held its first hackathon in Brazil. The hackathon focused on creating infographics for the 2016 Olympics & Paralympics Committee in Rio. Check out this Storify for more details.   

InfoAmazonia heads to the Congo

InfoCongo, an initiative of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), launched a new geojournalism website that uses interactive maps and data to shed light on natural resource issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This new data journalism project is a south-south innovation based on InfoAmazonia, which was created during Gustavo Faleiros’ ICFJ Knight Fellowship.

Main image from Jefferson Mok