April 30th, 2013
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GitHub donates private repositories to women learning open source software | The Ada Initiative

In working with women in open source, the Ada Initiative found that many women are reluctant to post their code publicly when they are first getting started in open source software. This reluctance has good reasons behind it: fear of being told they are bad programmers, fear of being publicly mocked or harassed, and even fear of losing job opportunities. All of these are greater risks for women on average than men. But the best way to get better at programming is to collaborate with and get review from other programmers, which is far easier to do with a shared repository like those provided by GitHub. Unfortunately, private repositories are too expensive for most women just getting started in open source software.
We went to GitHub with our dilemma, and they immediately offered us unlimited free repositories on the Ada Initiative GitHub account.

Great collaboration. 

GitHub donates private repositories to women learning open source software | The Ada Initiative

In working with women in open source, the Ada Initiative found that many women are reluctant to post their code publicly when they are first getting started in open source software. This reluctance has good reasons behind it: fear of being told they are bad programmers, fear of being publicly mocked or harassed, and even fear of losing job opportunities. All of these are greater risks for women on average than men. But the best way to get better at programming is to collaborate with and get review from other programmers, which is far easier to do with a shared repository like those provided by GitHub. Unfortunately, private repositories are too expensive for most women just getting started in open source software.

We went to GitHub with our dilemma, and they immediately offered us unlimited free repositories on the Ada Initiative GitHub account.

Great collaboration. 

October 5th, 2012
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While Apple and Google bicker, Knight invests in open maps

Nieman Journalism highlights OpenStreetMap, one of the six Knight News Challenge: Data winners that were announced at ONA12. With so much energy being put into mapping by technology giants lately, we’re interested to see how this open source mapping project fares now that it’s received $575,000 from the Knight Foundation.

Like Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap is a map that anyone can edit. The data comes from volunteers who use GPS devices or just local knowledge to map their environments. If you want to fix a mistake, just hit the ubiquitous “Edit” button.”

Nieman Lab has ongoing coverage of the Knight News Challenge winners that we highly recommend you check out. 

July 16th, 2012
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Welcome to the Midway
We’re very excited to announce a big addition to our annual conference — The Midway.
The Midway is an open-space ecosystem of innovation — an interactive opportunity for more than 1,300 attendees/journalists to check out and test the (invite-only) leading-edge products and ideas in digital journalism, ask questions of their creators, hear speakers, experience presentations, network, recharge, experiment and learn.
The Midway will run through the two days of general sessions. Stop by to:
hear about new projects and products and from innovative speakers
find new solutions
connect with digital journalists and creators
encourage new talent and thought
Read more about The Midway at ONA12.

Welcome to the Midway

We’re very excited to announce a big addition to our annual conference — The Midway.

The Midway is an open-space ecosystem of innovation — an interactive opportunity for more than 1,300 attendees/journalists to check out and test the (invite-only) leading-edge products and ideas in digital journalism, ask questions of their creators, hear speakers, experience presentations, network, recharge, experiment and learn.

The Midway will run through the two days of general sessions. Stop by to:

  • hear about new projects and products and from innovative speakers
  • find new solutions
  • connect with digital journalists and creators
  • encourage new talent and thought

Read more about The Midway at ONA12.

September 6th, 2011
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News Apps Blog: Show Your Work

 Christopher Groskopf pulls together a list of all of the open source code his team at the Chicago Tribune has published since he’s been there. 

"We have released a mountain of open source code. As today is my last day with on News Applications team, I’d like to take a moment to summarize what we’ve made and why it matters. We’ve released, or substantially contributed to, 20 projects on Github:

 Christopher Groskopf  is leaving to join the new PANDA project and notes that his “incredible and wonderful and awesomejob at the Tribune is still open. 

Read more on the News Apps blog.

August 20th, 2011
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Help us debug and debut journalists.org

The new journalists.org is almost here! We’ll launch the first phase of our shiny new website redesign on Sept. 23, the official opening of ONA11 in Boston. We’ve gone open source, updated the front and the back end and will be bringing you a completely overhauled member management system. Soon you’ll be able to easily connect with the rest of the ONA community, showcase your talents and interests, share tools and help us better analyze your expertise and identify your unique needs — all in the name of excellence in journalism.

But pre-launch, we need your help. First, we’re looking for beta testers of all skill levels to take the new system for a test drive. We need beginner and advanced users alike. Interested? Complete this quick form by Aug. 29. We’ll be reaching out to a select group in early September. 

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