Visually is proud to be a part of The Center for Investigative Reporting’s TechRaking III. The conference series is dedicated to creating collaborations between journalists and innovators who are working at the intersection of investigative reporting and technology. The goal of these conferences is to bring these two forces together to create solutions to the many challenges and opportunities facing the news industry today, and ultimately to further engage citizens in the issues affecting their lives and communities.
Part of the conference involves design sprints focused on merging technology and journalism. Last year, the topic was video games and journalism. The winning news game pitch was “Hair Net Hero,” a game that challenges players to create a healthy school lunch. The game is in development now and will be launched in late September.
TechRaking III, “Mining the News,” is a free invite-only event co-hosted by Google and will be held at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. Designed for data professionals and journalists, the conference will connect innovative data models and practices with high-quality investigative journalism. Media and data experts will explore the benefits of open data and how to equip the next generation of journalists with 21st-century research skills. Participants also will dive into specific best practices to help journalists produce groundbreaking investigations.
Data journalism design sprints will result in a winning project at the end of the day, and Visually has agreed to devote $10,000 of time toward developing the winning design. We hope to see some amazing ideas, and we can’t wait to work on the winning project!