Changing the World with Semantic-Tech-Powered Journalism


Miguel Paz of recently wrote, "Call me stupid, but I think journalism is a exciting way to change the world. But in order to do that these days, we need to favor change and promote disruptive innovation within the news and information ecosystem — and start thinking way outside the box. This is something I’ve been working towards as hard as possible for several years: as a Knight Fellow at the International Center for Journalists; through, a website that reveals the links among Chilean business and political elites; and Hacks/Hackers Chile and Poderomedia Foundation, an organization that promotes the open web and the use of technologies to rethink journalism, teach new skills to journalists, and foster cultural change in newsrooms in Latin America. So far this year, I’ve organized and taken part in 10 hackathons, two radiothons, two data journalism bootcamps, helped create a civic lab, participated in the birth of Chicas Poderosas (powerful women in newsroom tech), and collaborated on at least 30 workshops for journalists, students, and newsrooms around South America."


In 2014, Paz predicts the rise of "Semantic web, social network analysis, entity extraction, and news-as-API: This is nerd stuff, but it will become important — a few news projects are already working on it. If they can prove these ideas can be good for business, others will follow." He also looks forward to "Open data in journalism: We will see more news projects and news apps using open data. These projects, from the demand side of data, will give validation to the international open data scene. The key: doing useful things for the audience, things that have a positive or negative impact in people’s lives."


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