At OpenNews, we believe a diverse community of peers working, learning, and solving problems together can create the stronger, more representative ecosystem that journalism needs to thrive. Through events for newsroom coders and journalists and a wide range of community supports, we enable collaboration across organizations.
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Over the last seven years, we've helped a formidable network take shape. Members of this network have led union drives in their newsrooms, built online spaces for connection and support, and offered countless pieces of advice on how to do the work in this field to colleagues around the US and the world. We've supported this network:
- By placing 33 creative technologists in newsrooms through our Knight-Mozilla Fellowship, where fellows did open-source development, contributed to reporting projects, and focused their time on the training and networking that helped many new folks find this network.
- Through our publication Source, where hundreds of community members have documented projects, process, open-source tools, and more. Source contributors receive editorial support in documenting their work, visibility for projects, and connect with colleagues working on similar challenges.
- With our annual conference SRCCON, which brings together 300 participants for two days centered around collaboration and relationship-building. We build SRCCON by centering accessibility and inclusion, and attendees have told us how important this intentional program design is for them being able to make the most of the time together.
- By creating the necessary space and support for dozens of journalist-coders to work on projects and release more than 30 open-source software projects. Tools like Pym.js, Lunchbox, Klaxon—even the California Civic Data Coalition—and projects like our field guides on open source and security training in the newsroom have taken advantage of these small, focused convenings to open up tools and resources for the whole community to use.
- By helping hundreds of community members get to events through our Ticket+Travel Scholarship program. We know how important networking is in this industry, and these scholarships help remove barriers to access to SRCCON, ONA, NICAR, NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, and many other community events.
- With research and data about the field. Our annual News Nerd Survey has helped us better understand who is in this community and what they need, while also providing community members with data about salary and inclusive policies to help in persuasion within their own organizations.