MANILA, Philippines – In a country faced with various natural disasters every year, how can the government and the media work together to mitigate or even prevent the loss of lives?
As the Philippines celebrates National Disaster Consciousness Month, Rappler, in partnership with the Global Editors Network, will gather teams representing major media organizations and schools in the country to develop digital tools for journalists.
Known as the Philippines Editors Lab, the two-day hackathon event will focus on the theme, Crisis Reporting in the Philippines. It will be held on July 7-8 (Thursday and Friday).
During the workshop, the participants will try to answer the following questions:
- How can newsrooms cover disasters accurately and effectively?
- How can news and humanitarian organizations collaborate with government to help
- prevent casualties in a crisis situation?
- What role does prevention and education play in the reporting process?
- What innovations can teams bring to existing mobile and crowdsourcing tools to improve them?
- Can these tools serve newsrooms in the event of other types of emergencies (i.e. terrorist attacks)?
“With a new administration coming in and new technology constantly changing our lives, it’s a great time for news teams to come together and think about a constant problem we deal with: How can we have real world impact in our work dealing with disasters?” Rappler CEO Maria Ressa said.
Composed of a journalist, a web developer, and a graphic designer, the participants will work together to create news prototypes such as apps, interactive visualizations, games, widgets, or even new features for their websites.
Below are the participating media organizations:
- Philippine Daily Inquirer
- D5 Studio
- PTV 4
- SunStar SuperBalita Tabloid
- Visayas State University Web Team
- Visayas State University
To better understand disaster management in the country, speakers from government agencies that are at the frontlines when disasters strike are also invited:
- Dr. Mahar Lagmay (Director, Project Noah)
- Mr. Felino Castro (Director, Information and Communication Technology Management Service, Department of Social Welfare and Development)
- Former Undersecretary Alexander Pama (Former Executive Director, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
Journalism and technology combined
The participants will present their prototypes to a jury of media and disaster experts during the Editors Lab Conference, the closing ceremony of the Philippines Editors Lab.
Communication students from various journalism and communication schools will also attend the conference.
“It’s a chance to think about 3 factors: journalism, technology, and the real world impact when we combine them both. It’s about closing the loop in civic engagement and, from our unique position, to help find a solution to an ongoing problem,” Ressa said.
The winning team’s prize is the opportunity to take part in the Editors Lab Final in June 2017 in Vienna, Austria, at the GEN Summit. – Rappler.com
Below is the program:
Day 1 – July 7 (Thursday)
8:30 – 9:00: Registration & breakfast
9:00 – 9:30: Welcome to the Philippines Editors Lab
Welcoming by GEN and presentation of the Editors Lab programme & rules
9:30 – 10:30: Speed Geeking
Each participating team has 3 minutes to present to each other the most innovative project released by their newsrooms in recent months.
10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:45: Google workshop
Catherine Candano (Strategic Partnerships Development, Google)
(Mobile first tools and analytics for publishers)
11:45 – 12:30: DDR workshop
Dr. Mahar Lagmay (Director, Project Noah )
(Importance of mitigation and preparedness in reducing casualties during disasters)
Felino Castro (Director, ICTMS, Department of Social Welfare and Development)
(Challenges in communicating critical needs during disaster response)
12:30 – 13:00: Brainstorming session
13:00: Lunch break
14:00: Brainstorming session
16:00: Coffee break
16:30: Brainstorming & working session
18:00: Mini pitch session
Teams will have 1 minute to:
– Describe the problem they are trying to solve
– Describe their target audience
– Give a one sentence description of their prototype
19:00: Cocktail & finger buffet
Day 2 – Friday 8 July
8:30 – 9:00: Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10: “How to Pitch” workshop
9:30 – 1:00: Working session
13:00: Lunch break
14:00: Last sprint working session
15:30: Project submission deadline
The participants must submit their projects on the GEN Community website
Editors Lab conference
16:00 – 16:05: Opening of the conference
Sarah Toporoff (Programme Manager, Global Editors Network)
16:05 – 16:10: Welcome Remarks
Maria Ressa (CEO, Rappler)
16:10 – 16:30: Keynote
Usec. Alexander Pama (Former Executive Director, NDRRMC)
16:30 – 17:30: Final pitches by Editors Lab teams – 5 minutes for each team
17:30 – 17:45: Pratiksha Rao (Head of Media Partnerships, Twitter)
17:45 – 18:00: Maria Ressa (CEO, Rappler)
18:00: Announcement of the winning team