Time: Oct. 12, 2018 (Fri.), 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Venue: CVA 506, HKBU
Speaker: Aaron Mendelson
Senior Program Officer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore
Head, Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University
Professor, Department of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University
Lecturer, Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University
Loads of imagination about programming has been running helter-skelter in my mind before I step into the spacious and well-polished Spectrum studio on the 11th floor of an office building at Sheung Wan in this bright Saturday morning. As someone who has been concentrating only on courses about liberal arts since senior school, I always consider coding as something far away from my daily life.
But today, Chico Xu, Ivy Wang and I, as student reporters, are going to take a glance into this sophisticated business which we once thought was irrelevant to the lives of us and the lives of many, but which actually is, and to a large extent.
The event we are attending is called the Global Pandas Documentation Sprint, a worldwide event held simultaneously in more than 300 countries on March 10, 2018, aiming at improving this Python library’s documentation with clearer explanations and better examples, and trying to leave, at the end of the day, with the library enhanced “in a perfect state,” as put by its official website.
This is a three-week training workshop conducted by journalist from Storyful, a social media information gathering/ content producing platform used by many journalists and marketers. The training time is April 11/ 18/ 25 afternoon at CVA703. Digital forensics and verification is also related with data journalist’s day-to-day job, especially many data/ information nowadays come from social media. We will have the second class of the workshop tomorrow, Wednesday April 18, at 4:30pm in the CVA 703 lab. Please find the following announcement edited from Robin Ewing’s message.
The trainers this week are Storyful journalists Rachel Blundy and Layla Mashkoor.
They will focus on using forensic verification tools to investigative and verify social photos and video and how you can debunk fake or misleading content. This will be a hands-on workshop and great training for those of you who want to work in media or communication.
The School of Communication and the Department of Journalism of HKBU will organize a University-wide “HKBU Data-driven Storytelling Competition 2018.” All full-time HKBU students (undergraduate, postgraduate, research degree students) are welcomed!
The online registration deadline is: 18 Mar 2018.
The briefing session will hold at WLB 208 at 18:30, 22 March. During the briefing session, the topic for competition will be announced on-site. Participants will form groups on-site and kick off the project. Participants can work on their projects anywhere within a 72-hour time frame, and submit their work online on 25 March 2018, pm 18:59.
Award: Champion ( 1 team, HKD 3,000); Honourable mentions ( 3 teams, HKD1,000 for each)
For details and online registration, please visit: http://datastory2018.dnnsociety.org.
The HKBU Library will host its annual E-resources Discovery Week with a series of luncheon and workshops on the paid e-resources and database available for students in the coming week. Journalism students are encouraged to join as they have invited a list of star speakers on how to find credible news resources, including:
Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. In the year of 2018, more than 400 cities simultaneously organise hackathons on Mar 3. According to one Hong Kong organiser, Bastien Douglas, most local organisers of ODD are government affiliates. In Hong Kong, communities like OSHK and ODHK lead the organisation every year. One highlight for ODD-HK-18 is the talk from Jessica Lo, the system manager from OGCIO responsible for the open data portal: data.gov.hk
Technology has changed our way of researching and our reading habit after the Internet became the popular platform for the release of news and information. The documents and publications from the non-information era are still invaluable for us especially when it comes to referencing and history learning. Yet, these resources are black and white and read all over, which does not fit in today’s mode of information processing. To digitalise these old documents, four students from Baptist University (BU) learned about the technique and usage of software in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) workshop.