Three open-source workflow tools that your newsroom could use today

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Andrew Briz of POLITICO; Kavya Sukumar of Hearken; Allan James Vestal of POLITICO
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 10:15am
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In this session, you will learn about three recently released open-source workflow tools and how they could be immediately useful to your newsroom:

- gspan.js, a JavaScript library for transcribing and annotating CSPAN captions

- Vizier, a GUI for ai2HTML projects. This app makes it easy to use the New York Times' ai2HTML plugin for turning Adobe Illustrator projects into responsive web graphics

- socrata2sql, a Python library for quickly slurping data out of a Socrata portal into your database of choice

Speaker Bios

  • Andrew Briz is a is News Apps Developer at POLITICO focussing on internal tools that help journalists and fellow developers with the creation and distribution of stories. Originally from Miami FL, Andrew has worked as a multimedia journalist, broadcast producer, digital producer, and news apps developer at WUFT, WCPO and The LA Times.

  • Kavya Sukumar is a developer-journalist at Hearken working on tech for the audience engagement space. She was an Opennews fellow in 2015 and has worked at Vox.com and The Palm Beach Post. Follow her @kavyaSukumar.

  • Allan James Vestal is the senior news apps developer at POLITICO, where he focuses on reporting and systems development around the 2020 election. Vestal previously worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Dallas Morning News, where he and his reporting teammates conducted award-winning investigations into the nation’s newborn screening programs and the safety of Texas' natural gas pipelines. @allanjvestal.

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