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TechRaking London: Changing The News

Center for Investigative Reporting, News Lab at Google and TWG team up for TechRaking

TWG is teaming up with The Center for Investigative Reporting and the News Lab at Google for an international event series dedicated to connecting journalists with technologists and designers.

Launched by CIR in 2012, the TechRaking series has emphasized collaboration, inspiration and results. The goal of TechRaking is to develop transformative ideas and solutions to important challenges that communities face around the world, including ones that specifically affect  journalists in reporting news and information.

TechRaking will take place in eight cities across the globe in 2015, beginning in London. TechRaking London: Changing the News is a full-day event on Wednesday, March 25, hosted by The Center for Investigative Reporting and the News Lab at Google, where attendees will work to create innovative approaches to reporting, engaging and designing solutions for telling the story of climate change, to empower communities in new and surprising ways.

At the core of each event is a design challenge, with attendees forming teams to create viable and creative solutions to the proposed problem. Previous successful examples have included a video game for kids to explore healthy school lunches, a community engagement campaign to explore the impact of gun violence in urban communities and a web app for exposing politically motivated manipulation of Wikipedia.

TWG first joined forces with CIR and Google for TechRaking Toronto in 2014, committing design and development time to turn the top idea from that event into a working prototype. WikiWash, pitched by a team from Metro News, is an open-source tool for exposing spin and bias on Wikipedia by surfacing edits in real time.

Wikiwash by The Working Group

WikiWash launched in beta in October, and journalists and activists are invited to try the tool and send stories and feedback to wikiwash@twg.ca.

The launch of the new TechRaking series this year will ensure that new tools necessary to produce impactful and accessible journalism will emerge, as well as a new suite of applications, projects and networks to advance the intersection of the journalism, design and technology fields.

Three to four international events for this TechRaking series  will be announced in the coming months. Visit the TechRaking page for more information and to register for the events.

 

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About The Working Group

We’re the team of digital product designers that helped bring WikiWash to life for TechRaking Toronto in 2014. Partnering with CIR for that event, we learned that we share a mission of supporting visionary teams to create remarkable products. We’re proud to be contributing design and development support for TechRaking events around the world in 2015. You can find out more about us at twg.ca or by following us on Twitter: @twg. For more information please contact TWG’s partnerships lead, Holly Knowlman.

 

About The Center for Investigative Reporting

The Center for Investigative Reporting empowers the public through groundbreaking storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy. Reveal – the website, public radio program, podcast and social media platform – is where CIR publishes its multiplatform reporting. Devoted to holding powerful interests accountable to the public trust, CIR creatively employs cutting-edge technology and innovative storytelling to reveal injustice, spark change at all levels of society and influence public dialogue on critical issues. It produces high-impact reporting across print, video, TV, radio and online platforms and is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, winner of a 2013 Emmy Award and a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award, and a Pulitzer Prize  finalist in 2012 (for local reporting) and 2013 (for public service). Learn more at revealnews.org. Find and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About the News Lab at Google

Our mission at the News Lab at Google is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to build the future of media with Google. We’re excited to be working with CIR on this series of TechRaking events throughout 2015.

 

 

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