Go home and share your work!
A couple days at NICAR will fill your head with new skills and knowledge, the kinds of things that not only make you a better journalist, but can have a huge effect on colleagues when you get home. Sharing what you've learned makes your whole newsroom stronger, lets you identify new people to collaborate with, and even helps you internalize all those great ideas you've got right now. We'll talk through teaching strategies that have gotten results--from small-group conversations to internal hack days--and work together to figure out how you might apply them to the specific needs of your newsroom.
Erika Owens is a journalist and organizer based in Philadelphia. As Director of OpenNews, Erika convenes people and projects in journalism and open source technology. Erika and the OpenNews team seek ways to build enduring connections by supporting a thriving network of creating inclusive, caring spaces for the journalism-tech community. Previously, Erika was web editor at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook.
Ryan Pitts is a developer and journalist in Spokane, WA. He's the program lead for technology with OpenNews, a nonprofit organization that helps newsroom developers, designers, and data analysts collaborate and make their journalism more responsive and inclusive. He's also a board member and developer on the Census Reporter project, was the senior editor for digital media at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, and still writes Python for fun.
Kio Stark is the senior producer for Data News at WNYC Radio. She developed and edited the learning column for the OpenNews publication Source. Kio is also the author of the independent learning handbook Don't Go Back to School and the novel Follow Me Down. @kiostark
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