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Civic user testing: How to make open government more engaging, effective

9/16/2014 | by: Amy Gahran

It wasn't by accident that access the Smart Chicago Collaborative was able to make access to open government data easy, and even fun.  The Collaborative has cultivated a community of paid civic user testers to make sure their civic apps meet the needs and expectations of Chicagoans -- an approach that can be emulated in other... 

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Knight Cities Challenge: $5 million in grants to foster successful cities

9/16/2014 | by: Melissa Kaplan

The Knight Foundation has invested $5 million to the Knight Cities Challenge to foster successful cities. Entries will be accepted from Oct. 1 - Nov. 14.

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Collab/Space Chicago, September 24

September 24, 2014 - September 24, 2014

An all-day, hands-on workshop focused on media innovation and spotlighting cutting-edge media startups –  in the Chicago area and beyond. 

Online News Association 2014 Conference

September 25, 2014 - September 27, 2014

A rare opportunity to network face-to-face, and share best practices with peers from all over the map at the ONA annual conference in Chicago.

New Avenues in Journalism

October 10, 2014

To help independent writers negotiate the changing terrain of journaism, ASJA is bringing thought leaders and innovators to San Francisco for a two-day conference

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

January 30, 2015 - February 3, 2015

Registration is now open for the ALA meeting, which will be held in Chicago.

Nonprofit Technology Conference

March 4, 2015 - March 6, 2015

The NTC is the nonprofit industry's signature technology event, bringing together more than 2,000 nonprofit staff, vendors, and consultants. 

Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know

March 15, 2015 - March 21, 2015

Launched in 2005, Sunshine Week has grown into an enduring annual initiative to promote open government and push back against excessive official secrecy.  

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Training Spotlight

[Archived Webinar, Sept. 2014] Introduction to Solutions Journalism

Most journalism focuses on what’s going wrong in society. But audiences increasingly seek news that help them to understand what can be done to improve things.

[Archived Webinar, July 2014] Civic Engagement: Motivating and Measuring Community Knowledge and Action

Find the right metrics to assess the impact of community information.