Dutch regional newspapers launch data journalism project RegioHack
In a guest post for OJB, Jerry Vermanen explains the background to RegioHack
The internet is bursting with information, but journalists – at least in The Netherlands – don’t get the full potential out of it. Basic questions on what data driven journalism is, and how to practise it, still have to be answered. Two Dutch regional newspapers (de Stentor and TC Tubantia) have launchedRegioHack, an experiment with data driven journalism around local issues and open data.
Both newspapers circulate in the eastern and middle part of the Netherlands. In November, journalists will collaborate with local students, programmers and open data experts in a 30 hour coding event. In preparation for this hackathon, the forum on our website (www.regiohack.nl) is opened for discussion. Anyone can start a thread for a specific problem. For example, what’s the average age of each town in our region? And in 10 years, do we have enough facilities to accommodate the future population? And if not, what do we need?
The newspapers provide the participants with hot pizza, energy drink and 30 hours to find, clean up and present the data on these subjects. [Read more...]Dutch regional newspapers launch data journalism project RegioHack,