RJI teams up with partners KQED and the Public Media Platform to challenge participants to imagine tools that improve the quality of news in a social media world

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, in partnership with the Public Media Platform (PMP) and KQED, will challenge teams of developers, journalists and innovative thinkers to build new tools, business models and news services to help journalists better report and deliver quality news and information in a fast-moving social and mobile media environment. The event will take place at KQED in San Francisco from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

Social media and other new technologies have forever changed the news business. Yet while so much innovation has enabled consumers to create and consume news, little attention has been paid to journalists who do the hard work of bringing context to news. This hackathon will explore tools to help journalists leverage social media and archived content to deliver accurate and thought-provoking news in real time that helps create a smarter, more informed citizenry.

“Journalism has just started to scratch the surface of the opportunities that could be available from social media and archives,” said Randy Picht, executive director of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. “A hackathon is a great way to dig a little deeper and we’re excited to work with our partners to make it happen.”

About 150 developers, journalists and entrepreneurs will work in teams to develop ideas and create prototypes in just 38 hours. Teams will be challenged to develop products that address real-world problems identified by the event partners. The resulting projects will be evaluated by investors, hackathon partners and other leaders in the digital media and journalism industry. The top-rated teams will receive cash awards and other prizes.

In addition to the hacking, the event will include workshops on current application development trends in digital and social media, and a demonstration area will showcase new tools for journalists. As we have details of workshops and demos, we can add them here to promote partners & sponsors.

Journalists, computer programmers, entrepreneurs, designers, digital product developers, and other innovative thinkers are all invited to participate. Journalists who cover technology and/or breaking news are especially encouraged to take part in this event.

The hashtag for the event is #RJIhacks.

Anyone wanting to participate in the event should request an invitation. For media inquiries, please contact RJI Events Coordinator Amanda Gastler, gastlera@rjionline.org, 573-882-7303.

About the Public Media Platform

Public media’s leading national organizations have created a groundbreaking digital interconnection platform. The Public Media Platform gives public media stations and producers the ability to share digital content and cost-effectively distribute it across digital platforms for new uses in non-commercial and (potentially) new commercial applications. Text, digital video, audio and images can be accessed via an API that includes a rights management layer and the ability to apply business rules to usage arrangements. For more information, visit http://publicmediaplatform.org/.

About KQED

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program, and as a leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. For more information, visit http://www.kqed.org.


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