Can't afford your own unicorn? Bringing civic hackers into the newsroom

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Derek Eder of DataMade; Josh Stewart of Sunlight Foundation; Marco Tulio Pires of Google; Eva Constantaras of Internews
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 10:15am
  • Location: Denver III-IV
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Eva Constantaras, Internews

Let’s face it, most of us work at media houses that are never going to have a full data team. But we have plenty of evidence from around the world that there is another way! Millions of dollars are being poured into the development of tech hubs, open data portals and data-driven think tanks, all of which are collecting fabulous data, building apps and finding amazing stories, none of which ever reach the public. In this session, the people who have created new models for bringing together civic hackers and under-resourced newsrooms to collaborate on data-driven projects will share what it takes to make these partnerships work and evaluate their impact on the public and the media.

Speaker Bios

  • Eva Constantaras is a data journalist specialized in building data journalism teams in developing countries. These teams that have reported from across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East  and Africa on topics ranging from broken foreign aid and food insecurity to extractive industries and public health. As a Google Data Journalism Scholar and a Fulbright Fellow, she developed a course for investigative and data journalism in high-risk environments. @evaconstantaras

  • Derek Eder is an entrepreneur, technologist, organizer and one of the leaders of the civic tech community in Chicago. He is founder and partner at DataMade, a company that tells stories and builds tools with data and the lead organizer for Chi Hack Night, Chicago’s premier weekly event for building, sharing and learning about civic tech.

  • Marco is the News Lab Lead for Brazil & Latin America at the Google News Lab. Before joining Google in 2017, Marco was School of Data’s program manager. Marco cofounded in 2015 the first data journalism agency in Brazil, journalismo++, part of the international j++ network of data-driven agencies. Today he supports publishers, journalists and media entrepreneurs in Brazil and Latin America with the best Google can offer so that they can build the future of media and tell the best stories of our time. @mtrpires

  • @joshdstewart is the deputy communications director at the Sunlight Foundation. Aside from the occasional byline on Sunlight's blog, Josh works to promote Sunlight's reporting, tools and data in the organization's effort to use technology to make our politics more transparent and accountable. He primarily works in media relations, collaborating with reporters who are looking for data and context to enhance reporting. Josh is also a diehard NBA fan (go Mavs).

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