April 9th, 2014


Rwanda, 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago this week, the Rwandan genocide began. It’s estimated 800,000 to a million people were killed over 100 days. Most were Tutsi but tens of thousands were moderate Hutu and others caught in the slaughter.

The country today is commemorating by holding a week of mourning alongside a longer 100-day vigil.

The #Rwanda20yrs hashtag on Twitter is an at times sobering, enlightening and inspiring access point to news, resources and personal accounts of the period.

Here’s some of what we’ve been reading through:

Image: Via National Geographic, “A man tries to unlock a cell door at a hospital in Kigali, Rwanda in 1994. As the genocide spread across the country, doctors and staff of the main psychological hospital in Kigali fled or were killed leaving the patients to care for themselves.” Photo by David Guttenfelder. Revisiting the Rwandan Genocide: Origin Stories From The Associated Press. Select to embiggen.

Reblogged from The FJP
April 8th, 2014

Richard Koci Hernandez, ONA Board Member and Assistant Professor, New Media at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, hates the ineffective design of boarding passes, so he has his students redesign them to improve their functionality and aesthetic.

This assignment is one of many great ideas highlighted in 100 Things I’m Learning at 2014 Journalism Interactive by Dan Reimold.

April 8th, 2014
Of the top operational newsroom editors and managers of your homepage, mobile, video, graphics, and visuals teams, how many are on your masthead?

One of 26 awkward questions to ask news organizations about the move to digital, suggested by Raju Narisetti, senior vice president of strategy at News Corp, 

Other important topics raised include media diversity, approaches to advertising, the number and role of developers, performance markers and audience behavior. 

April 7th, 2014

Tech’s biggest companies say that recruiting women is a priority. “If we do that, there’s no question we’ll more than double the rate of technology output in the world,” Larry Page, the chief executive of Google, said last spring. Yet at Google, less than a fifth of the engineers are women.

That’s a typical figure. Twenty percent of software developers are women, according to the Labor Department, and fewer than 6 percent of engineers are black or Hispanic. Comparatively, 56 percent of people in business and financial-operations jobs are women, as are 36 percent of physicians and surgeons and one-third of lawyers.

At tech start-ups, often considered the most desirable places to work, the number of women appears to be even lower. The companies generally don’t release these numbers publicly, but an engineer at Pinterest has collected data from people at 133 start-ups and found that an average of 12 percent of the engineers are women.

April 4th, 2014

Congratulations to the 12 winners of ONA’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education!

Each university will receive $35,000 for live news experiments that bridge journalism education, community engagement and local news, thanks to Knight Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Democracy Fund, and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Learn more about the winning projects, the 13 honorable mentions, and and what we’re looking for so you can be ready for the next round of funding. 

April 3rd, 2014
Our hope is that… when a journalist is in the middle of reporting and finds himself or herself in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable, or they have a question about it, they have a place to go to see whether people have dealt with it. And they have a choice.

Jane McDonnell, Executive Director of ONA, discusses the ONA’s new ethics project with Columbia Journalism Review and why the organization decided to crowdsource the initiative. 

Read more: ONA prepares a DIY ethics code : Columbia Journalism Review

March 27th, 2014
March 27th, 2014
There is a way to make a working environment where everyone feels valued and like diversity is an asset, not a liability. I know this kind of working environment is possible and exists and not just a theoretical reality and I know that because I work there. And even though it feels magical it’s actual not magic. It’s a practical reality created by my teammates.

Lola Pierson discusses working for a small tech company that prioritizes having conversations about gender, drawing on her experience and sharing specific ways her office addresses gender and tech issues. 

Read more: Figure 53 | Working for a Unicorn: A Gender Aware Office

March 26th, 2014
Up until the mid 1980s, women flocked to computer science in droves. Then they dwindled away like the dinosaurs. Now, only about 12 percent of computer science majors are women and they hold just 17 percent of computer science jobs.

Listen to ideas of how to improve the way programming is taught in this audio piece from WYNC. 

New Tech City: The Way We Teach Computing Hurts Women (And Everyone Else) - WNYC

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