Argentina: Launch an Innovation Challenge to Promote the Development of Digital Media in Latin America
Knight International Journalism Fellow Mariano Blejman is creating the first news innovation contest in Latin America. Modeled on the African News Innovation Challenge, the contest will spur new technology that improves access to quality news and information. Blejman is upgrading the Hacks/Hackers network by running data boot camps and hackathons. He is also completing the development of Mapa76, a data-mining, semantic-analysis and visualization platform. To bolster these efforts, Blejman held the second annual Media Party for journalists and developers in August 2013. At these events, journalists and technologists built and adapted tools that newsrooms can use to increase transparency and accountability.