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Published on May 21st, 2013 | by EJC


Big Data & Newsroom: Random Hacks of Kindness Hackathon In Belgium On 1-2 June

Through the Emergency Journalism initiative, the European Journalism Centre (EJC) has focused on bettering the newsroom information workflow during humanitarian crises in the past few months. One of its core missions is to explore how technology could support journalists to quickly mine the relevant crowdsourced content when unexpected events such as shootings and extreme weather conditions threaten peoples’ lives.

On 1-2 June 2013, the EJC and De Persgroep, a leading media company in the Flemish/Dutch media landscape, will organise a hackathon as part of the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Global events in Asse, Belgium.

In the past years, we were confronted with a various kinds of natural/man-made disasters in the world. While a number of digital tools support the newsgathering process, a big challenge remains for journalists to quickly mine the relevant crowdsourced contents during emergencies. Better communication ecosystem would lead into more effective process of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Information is a commodity that is needed in order to sustain human lives when crises and disasters occur. Needless to mention, journalists play an important role in providing accurate information to the public and disaster-affected communities.

At the hackathon, the organisers would like to create the foundation for a sustainable, open framework where news journalists can find the relevant news and social media contents in real-time. It will be a first step forward to establish a newsgathering/content-mining tool that can be used by various newsrooms, including small/medium-sized ones with limited resources.

For those interested in attending this hackathon, the registration is open at the RHoK Belgium website.

For more information about Emergency Journalism and the hackathon, please contact Project Manager Rina Tsubaki.

Photo: Erik Hersman (whiteafrican)

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