OpenNews

Collaboration in progress at SRCCON 2015. (photo/Erik Westra)

What We Do

At OpenNews, we believe that a community of peers working, learning and solving problems together can create a stronger, more representative, and ascendant journalism. We organize events and community supports to strengthen and sustain this ecosystem.

Gatherings

In-person events are an important way that this community shares its work, learns from one another, and grows as a network.

  • We host an annual conference called SRCCON, back this year in Minneapolis. SRCCON is a hands-on conference focused on the practical challenges news technology and data teams encounter every day.
  • We organize Code, Culture, and Leadership convenings where small cohorts also have the opportunity to build peer groups and share expertise.
  • At the Mozilla Festival, we wrangle a track of journalism sessions.
  • Later this year, we’ll hold our first smaller, topical mini-SRCCON.

Learn more about the kinds of events we run and how to participate.

Community Support

As this network matures, we have a slate of offerings to help share work and understand what’s happening in the journalism tech community.

  • In collaboration with writers and developers in newsrooms around the world, we publish Source, a community site focused on open technology projects and process in journalism. From features that explore the context behind the code to targeted job listings that help the community expand, Source presents the people, projects, and insights behind journalism code.
  • We also hold biweekly Source community calls where newsroom data and apps teams can share their work, announce job openings, and find collaborators.
  • We offer Ticket + Travel scholarships to help community members attend events around the world.
  • We conduct an annual survey to better understand this community and its needs.

Learn more about our community support programs.

Get Involved

Everything we do is built around the needs of the sprawling community of people who code (and crunch data, and design interactive tools) in and around newsrooms. Whether you’re an old hand or just curious about the field, there’s a way for you to get involved.