Journalism and the Mozilla Festival 2017

OpenNews is heading back to the Mozilla Festival, a multi-day, annual celebration of the open internet for technologists, makers, educators, and creators in all fields. This year, we’re also organizing a full day of journalism-tech sessions on October 26.

OpenNews Unconference on Journalism Tech

This year, the journalism floor from the Mozilla Festival expands to the day before! All day on Thursday, October 26 we’ll have hands-on, collaborative sessions from local London journalists and visitors coming to town for the festival.

Participants can register now. Many of the sessions will be scheduled that morning, but we’ve confirmed a few sessions in advance as well! They include:

  • Fran├žois de Montremy of Vogue International talking about the opportunities and challenges engaging with teens through visual storytelling
  • Emily Goligoski and Sanne Blauw discussing The Membership Puzzle Project and membership strategies for news
  • Amanda Hickman and Kevin O'Gorman talking about security in the newsroom and the guide they’re working on to make it easier if you’re the default security trainer in your newsroom, plus they want your feedback
  • Megan Lucero of The Bureau Local talking about local collaborations
  • Allison Shultes of the BBC News Labs, sharing projects from their #newsHACK on conversational UI, from just the day before
  • Emily Withrow of the Quartz Bot Studio, talking, yes, bots!

Throughout the day, we’ll have the chance to discuss stories, strategies, and tools in sessions and over a group lunch.

Our rough schedule will be:

  • 9:30-10am - registration, with light breakfast
  • 10-10:30am - unconference brainstorming
  • 10:30-10:45am - schedule creation and introduction to unconferencing!
  • 10:45-11am - transition to first session
  • 11am-12pm - first session, with sessions running in three rooms
  • 12-1:30pm - group lunch
  • 1:30-2:30pm - second session
  • 2:30-3pm - break, with snack and ample time for conversation
  • 3-4pm - third session
  • 4-4:30pm - break, with snack and more conversation
  • 4:30-5:30pm - final sesssion
  • 5:30-6pm - wrap the day with thank yous and next steps

We expect it to be a busy, fun, and productive day filled with sharing about our work and building stronger connections with colleagues. Please register now and help us spread the word.

Journalism Tech Leading into MozFest

MozFest begins early this year with events all week. In addition to the OpenNews unconference, there are a bunch of journalism-related events in London that week. Know of another event? Let us know.

Journalism During MozFest

The Mozilla Festival this year features five topical spaces around facets of the health of the internet.

Each space will have a journalism-related session or two that explore everything from data analysis to secure communications with sources. Exploring the festival is a way to experience the many ways we shape the open web and how it, in turn, influences our work. In addition to the sessions, several of this year’s speakers are journalists who will also discuss the intersection of journalism and technology.

You can find more details on the MozFest website or by following @MozillaFestival.