ICFJ Knight roundup: Media Party returns to Miami this April

by Sara Olstad
Oct 30, 2018 in Miscellaneous

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.

Media Party Miami to feature hands-on learning, GotToVote tool helps Kenyans register, and more from the Knight Fellows in this week’s roundup.

Media Party returns to Miami in April

For the second year in a row, Florida International University and Hacks/Hackers Miami will hold Media Party Miami, this time on April 1 and 2. The two-day event — inspired by ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariano Blejman’s Media Party in Buenos Aires and led in part by recent Fellow Mariana Santos — will feature panels on media innovation and hands-on sessions with top leaders from U.S. and Latin American media. Among the speakers will be Blejman and Andres Snitcofsky, whose Cargografias platform was a winner of Blejman’s HacksLabs. Go to this form to register to attend.

Code for Kenya makes it easier to register to vote

In a recent article published by The Star, ICFJ Knight Fellow Catherine Gicheru urged Kenyans to take advantage of the GotToVote tool developed by Code for Kenya technologists to make it easier to register and vote. The tool gives users an overview of the registration process, suggests nearby registration centers and explains the documents required to register, according to a Code for Africa blog post. GotToVote led to increased registration the last time Kenyans went to the polls and is being relaunched for the country’s 2017 elections. “Refusing to register and participate in elections means ceding to others your right to demand medicines in hospitals, better schools for your children and better security,” Gicheru wrote.

Attention investigative journalists: BoletinOficial is back in Argentina!

BoletinOficial is a search engine for Argentina’s official gazette, making it possible to find documents on the formation of companies and their owners, and on government procurement. Created by former ICFJ Knight Fellow Sandra Crucianelli, this new version makes more than 8,400 documents searchable through DocumentCloud and archive.org.

Tax Clock reveals how much of the day South Africans work for their government

Just how much of your work day goes toward paying taxes? Tax Clock, a new project from Code for South Africa and its Data Journalism Academy, breaks down how many minutes (or hours) people in South Africa spend working to pay for different government services and how much of the day individuals spend “working for themselves.”

New report on digital security for journalists around the world

Former ICFJ Knight Fellow Javier Garza surveyed more than 150 journalists from all over the world in a new Center for International Media Assistance report, "Journalist Security in the Digital World: A Survey - Are We Using the Right Tools?" While about 60 percent of the journalists surveyed use digital security tools to protect themselves, Garza found many of the reporters and editors are not aware of the tools that exist. "Journalists have become more vulnerable not only while on assignment in dangerous places, but also in their daily routines, at home, in the newsroom or on the road, as digital surveillance increases," he wrote.

Main image CC-licensed by Flickr via Matthew Paulson.

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