Sessions at Mozilla Festival 2012 about journalism-mozfest on Saturday 10th November Full Festival Day

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  • (101) Visualizing the Viral Impact of Creative Commons Content

    by Ahmad Barclay, Joumana al Jabri, VisualizingPalestine and Daoud Clarke

    Participants will work together to design a tool capable of harnessing existing services such as search engines, social media APIs and data visualization libraries to create a visual picture of how items of Creative Commons content are being viewed, shared and republished over time.


    While established content providers seek to protect their content and prevent unauthorised republication, increasing numbers of people -- including our initiative, Visualizing Palestine -- now seek the opposite, using Creative Commons and other copyleft licenses to positively encourage the unrestricted sharing and reproduction of their work.

    However, this leaves us with the challenge of how to track and measure where our content is being shared and republished. While individual platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube offer statistics on the viewing and sharing of content at its original point of publication, there is no single tool suited to analyzing the wider sharing and republication of work across the web.

    What's the session format?

    • Short intro to the design challenge brief.
    • Brainstorm on the modes through which content is shared and republished, and what tools are available to track this.
    • Work in small groups to develop paper prototypes, code and visualization concepts.
    • Bringing together finished ideas and deciding on next steps.

    Who should come?

    • Anyone with creative ideas and/or experience in coding, data scraping or dynamic data visualization

    At 10:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 1. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (902) Data Expeditions: Scout the Data Landscape with our Data Sherpas

    by Lisa Evans, Lucy Chambers, Friedrich Lindenberg, Laura Newman, School of Data, Michael Bauer and OKFN

    In this session we will start expeditions into different datasets. The data we'll explore and cartograph will range from financial to environmental and geographical data - and possibly beyond! Participants will join an expedition and discover and map the landscape that they find. Throughout, there will be an emphasis on developing and improving data wrangling skills and techniques.

    After a short round of introductions of different expedition areas, we will form expedition teams, set out to explore the data at hand, create an expedition journal and map out the landscape we find. The expeditions will be supported by Open Knowledge Foundation sherpas, spirit guides and compass readers, who will pull explorers out of the ditch whenever stuck.

    Currently we are preparing to set out to three distinct expeditions:

    • An expedition to the hidden islands of off-shore tax evasion,
    • Drilling deep into the caverns of some of the extractive industries data and
    • Responding to a call for help from three African nations to solve the mysterious drop in life expectancy they experienced

    What is a ‘Data Expedition’?

    Data expeditions are a experimental concept we at the School of Data have decided to try. They are hands on workshops with guidance and direction – however the participants (adventurers) are not lectured, they learn data-wrangling skills by being confronted with real life data, problems and questions. Our sherpas will guide their pack to useful data sources, tools and resources to help climb the data mountian, but exact routes taken and questions answered will be determined by the participants. In a Data Expedition, the amount you learn depends only on your ambition, we’re aiming to teach you how to learn, not to spoonfeed you answers. Be aware that if you keep wandering off into the woods there might be dragons (just to bring you back on the road).

    Who can participate?

    We’re looking for Adventurers and Explorers with skillsets ranging from storytelling via heavy code-forging to graphic design. All skill levels are needed and the more diverse the party the better chance to survive and complete the expeditions. Teaming up with people having different skillsets and levels will be beneficial for participants.

    Will anyone die in the process?

    Hopefully not. Data is generally safer than real blizzards, but can be equally overwhelming.


    • Each team will create a "map of the data landscape".
    • The documents will then be published on the School of Data or OpenSpending to inspire further expeditions - there is plenty of uncharted territory in the vast data landscape.

    Who should come?

    • This learning lab is open to anyone - no specific data related skills are needed.

    At 10:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (903) Second Screen Prototyping

    by Mark Boas

    Second Screen Applications extend and enhance content information streams and synchronize alternative content on and via portable devices (the second screen).

    Join a complex and fascinating discussion and prototyping session among a diverse group of experts and interested parties, discussing and demonstrating second-screen concepts. We'll be generating a lot of creative content together - paper prototypes, sketches, blog posts and resources for exploring demos and other inspirational second-screen work.

    Session finale will involve identifying new technologies, possibilities and proposing solutions for creating new second-screen applications.


    • Jam with professionals from different news organizations and tech companies
    • Preview innovative demos like: Simon Klose's 'Linkontrol' for The Pirate Bay AFK documentary
    • Document our findings
    • Create an online, post-festival working group to maintain momentum, evolve our network, and follow up on our best concepts

    Who should come?

    • journalists, developers, experts and anyone interested in second screen technology

    At 10:00am to 2:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

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  • (906) Tips and tricks using digital journalism tools for newsgathering

    by SarahMarshall3

    Journalists and those interested in reporting will learn how to use digital journalism tools for newsgathering.

    We will take five news stories and use different tools to track down potential sources and verify facts. For example, we may want to find tweets originating in Benghazi the previous day, build a map of tweets sent with a particular hashtag from a given location, and we can then seek to verify images shared on social media.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Saturday 10th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (906) HTML for Journalists

    by erika owens and DataMinerUK

    Markup and style a news article and test your media awareness by remixing web news articles to see how the style and structure of a piece can change the message: how does the medium change the message?

    We're working on building a "hactivity kit" for organizers to take to use Thimble to teach HTML and general concepts of the open web and hacking to journalists. In this session, we'll work together to hack the kit itself and complete projects described in the kit.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (602, Webmaker Bar) Bedroom Broadcasting: How to be a Sassy Talking Head

    by Amy Schmittauer

    Develop your charismatic Vlog Host personality and learn how to plan, present and edit intelligent, inspiring or just plain compelling content and commentary - and learn how Popcorn Maker can help you to pull it all together with style and verve!

    Session attendees will then be able to take their personal strategy forward and work on video blog projects at the Maker Bar throughout the Festival.


    • attendees can work on their 'Producer chops', while gaining a better understanding of programming content, maintaining voice and themes and how to add an individual flair to their projects that will earn audience approval.
    • attendees will also come away with a better understanding of why an open web is so important for free speech, freedom of information and to support DIYourselfers everywhere

    Who should come?

    • Media Makers, Journalists, storytellers, Vloggers, Podcasters, pros, amateurs and enthusiasts alike

    Session notes: http://etherpad.mozilla.org/talk...

    At 1:00pm to 2:30pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (902) Brownbag Lunch: Knight Fireside

    by dansinker, Knight Foundation, Michael Maness and OpenNews

    In this lunchtime conversation, learn how the Knight Foundation and Mozilla are transforming their work to match the speed of disruption and innovation in media.

    Michael Maness (VP/Journalism & Media Innovation, Knight Foundation) and Dan Sinker (Director, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews) will discuss the shifts in thinking on how media projects get conceived, funded, built, and managed.

    At 1:00pm to 2:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

    Coverage note

  • (801) Your interactive toolkit

    by Rich Harris, Gregor Aisch, Alex Graul and Alastair Dant

    This Learning Lab is a practical introduction to the tools and libraries used to build standards-based interactive content at guardian.co.uk and other newsrooms around the world.

    Starting with an idea participants will be walked though conceptual development, wire-framing & evaluating technical feasibility before an introduction to libraries we commonly use to assemble content such as leaflet.js, modestmaps.js, d3.js, raphael.js, underscore, kartograph and miso.

    Trainers: Alastair Dant, Alex Graul, Gregor Aisch, Rich Harris

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 8. Floor, Ravensbourne

    Coverage note

  • (902) OurBlock: A Community Radio Platform

    by Sourcefabric, adam j martin, Daniel James and Adam Thomas

    Help answer the question, “What does our block sound like?” and enable individuals to come together online to create and participate in the power and passion of neighborhood community radio.

    This digital community radio service will focus on developing a continuous listening experience for sharing local news, information and culture while building audience engagement through a collective social experience.

    Building on SourceFabric's Airtime open source radio automation software, APIs from SoundCloud and Twilio and open web technologies, MozFest hackers can help design and develop features to create a platform that delivers real time continuous listening, a shared participatory audience experience and social community development.

    This session will be split into three parts:

    Part 1) This.IsOurBlock: an introduction to community-driven radio efforts around the world and the goals for this project at MozFest

    Part 2) Idea and Feature Development: generate ideas and new features that focus on audio content workflows, audience participation and content creation and a highly social user-experience.

    Part 3) Team-Up and Hack: Build collaborative teams based on individual skill sets represented at the session and hack on new features and new designs for OurBlock and Airtime

    Who We are Looking For:
    (Zend PHP Framework, JavaScript, Web APIs)
    (Linux, Liquidsoap, Streaming Media Servers)
    UX and Designers
    Audio Content Producers
    'Radio' Programmers
    and You...

    Things to Do to Get Started:

    Join Our MozFest Session EtherPad
    Join the New Google Group
    Visit This.IsOurBlock.org

    Get the latest version of Airtime on Github
    Read the Wiki
    Check out the API Docs from Soundcloud and Twilio

    Let us know you're going to be at the session!
    Tweet us @thisIsOurBlock or use the hash tags #ourblock and #mozfest

    At 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (903) Physical News

    by Jon Rogers and PaulEgglestone

    Digital tech has provided thousands of new ways to share journalism on hundreds of different screens. This workshop is for active citizens who want to build or experiment with physical platforms and digital tools for finding original stories and telling them in new and interesting ways.

    From Interactive Newsprint to Drone Journalism and everything in between we’ll be exploring the new frontiers of story creation and storytelling - where digital gets physical.

    Help us design a new user interface that enables community news reporters to create digital interactive content for paper we can connect to the internet. Work out a way of enabling Journalism Drones to collect data that’s not just video whilst they’re in flight. Find a way of using technology to validate and corroborate stories appearing on the web in the real world so we know they’re not just elaborate hoaxes. Or pitch up with your own thoughts about the best way to make digital journalism physical.

    At 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (602, Webmaker Bar) Telling It Like It Is: Interactive Radio For The Web

    by Radio_Rookies, Courtney Stein, c and Nikos Roussos

    We want to show the world how to use Webmaker tools like Popcorn Maker to bring radio style content to life on the web. With Popcorn Maker, you can combine the intimate experience of audio journalism with a layer of interactivity using maps, images, web pages, and annotations to learn more about the stories you are listening to.

    Radio Rookies produces excellent audio programming.


    • A better understanding of audio storytelling for the web, and inspiration to make great stories that don't require video.

    Who should come?

    • youth, educators, storytellers, media makers, radio lovers, audiophiles

    Session notes: http://etherpad.mozilla.org/radi...

    At 2:30pm to 4:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 6. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (801) Make the robots do the hard work! Writing screen scrapers for news gathering with PANDA

    by Christopher Groskopf, Brian Boyer, Ryan Pitts and Joe Germuska

    Imagine that you're a bike enthusiast, or a reporter writing about cycling issues, and you'd like to know whenever a bike theft has been reported. You could call the police department every morning. But wouldn't you rather just get an email about the police report?

    In this session, people will learn the basics of writing screen scrapers -- little bits of software that help you turn web pages into data you can use. Then we'll send the data into PANDA project, which lets you set up saved searches for your data.

    That way, when new data arrives, the PANDA will email you!

    People will leave with the ability to apply these skills to any beat where you can get data -- campaign finance, corporate filings, product recalls, the sky is the limit.


    • We'll have example scrapers prepared for the group, and we'll talk about screen scrapers for a bit before walking people through writing their own.
    • Then we'll dive in to how you'd make your scraper work with PANDA. We'll have a special PANDA set up for use during the festival.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 8. Floor, Ravensbourne

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