Over the past few days, I followed tweets coming out of Doha, Qatar at a media innovation hackathon put on by Al Jazeera. This was quite easy, because Phillip Smith wrote up his detailed notes to prepare for the hackathon, which offered 12 possible challenges for participants to explore:
- Giving voice to the voiceless with data
- Putting things back in context
- What’s in the news today, Hal?
- Mapping an understanding
- Media on the move
- Looking at the numbers
- Smarter headlines
- Archive archaeology
- Think outside the comment box
- Discovering history and culture
- Fully immersed in media
- Do you trust your media
My favorite ideas to come out of the hackathon:
I had trouble picking these six. As you can see, all of the ideas that came out of this hackathon were quite good. And they’re all open source, so you can use them in your newsroom!As an aside, this is the inaugural entry on my new website. I’ll be focusing on the future of news, projects that interest me, and great examples I see from others in the news industry. Welcome!