Join ICFJ at Media Party 2023 in Chicago

By: 03/14/2023

Applications are now open for journalists, developers, entrepreneurs and civic hackers to lead sessions at the first-ever U.S.-based Media Party, in Chicago from June 8-10. The deadline for workshops and lightning talk proposals is March 31, 2023.

For more than a decade, Media Party has brought together journalists and technologists across Latin America to facilitate media innovation. This year’s conference will focus on the intersection of AI, journalism and democracy.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is partnering with Media Party through its Leap initiative, a news innovation lab that provides guided, focused experiences for news teams and technologists to explore, design and develop solutions that address specific problems. As a main sponsor, ICFJ is helping identify speakers and trainers for a conference agenda focused on generative AI, AI ethics, AI security and privacy. Alongside that focus, attendees will also explore wider issues in journalism, such as the evolving local news ecosystem, misinformation, climate change, product thinking and mental health in a post-pandemic world.

We are looking for speakers and partners from a wide range of backgrounds:

  • News media professionals who are using or building AI tools
  • Technologists with an interest in solving problems relevant to the media industry and how these technologies impact democracy
  • People doing research and experiments in journalism, civil society and academia
  • Individuals from tech platforms working on artificial intelligence issues who are interested in improving how societies are informed
  • Serendipity: Media Party is keen to open the door to new people of all kinds with related interests


How can you get involved?

Workshops: A two-hour, hands-on workshop to teach a new skill, methodology, tool or process. The learnings for attendees should be clear and compelling. Click here to apply.

Lightning talks: Showcase your work in five minutes: What was the problem? What was the solution? What happened afterward? Click here to apply.

Hackathon: The two-day hackathon will be focused on AI for news: opportunities and challenges in a synthetic world. Bring your idea or join a team. Click here to apply.

Keynotes: Invitation only. If you are interested in making a compelling keynote please contact us.

Selected projects will get a free ticket to enter the conference. Registration will open March 20, 2023.

Media Party Chicago is powered by Hacks/Hackers and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) and the Knight Lab at Northwestern University, among other partners and organizations.

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