Something of a Mediafabric special in this week's newsletter. Our Prague event in October is for journalists, editors, technologists, developers, designers and hackers. Sourcefabric's team and community will all be there to witness global experts present fascinating positions on news media including former M15 agent Annie Machon. More below!
The first handful of speakers have been announced for Mediafabric! Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for MI5 in the 1990s before leaving to become a media sensation with her whistleblowing. Mariano Blejman built software to automatically extract data from the crime documents of Argentina's last military dictatorship. Leo Prieto was born in 1979, created his first website in 1995, and now is one of Latin America's leading voices in web innovation. Kunda Dixit is one of Nepal's leading journalists and editors (founder editor of Nepali Times) and an international authority on the press in Asia.
All will speak concisely and authoritatively on media's uncertain but promising future. Tickets are on sale now! Want to be there and receive free professional training too, for free? Enter our contest at contest.sourcefabric.org!
Sourcefabric and West Africa Democracy Radio were presented with a Knight-Batten award in Washington DC last week for innovations in journalism. WADR's open source platform included Airtime (our open source software for radio) Newscoop (our newsroom CMS) and specially developed Soundcloud applications for managing and sharing audio. Get all the reaction and comment on our blog.
Inside Source is our regular audio journal on the events and people making the news in the Sourcefabric community. Douglas Arellanes was recently in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and while he was there he caught up with Eka Chitanava, a journalist working with Liberali - one of the country's few independent news beacons in a difficult recent media climate.
One of the founders of Sourcefabric, Douglas is an American expatriate who has lived in the Czech Republic since 1992 (though he claims Dakar has the best music anywhere in the world and Cape Town the best scenery). When Douglas is not translating some of the Czech Prime Minister's speeches into English, he's making households dance as a Saturday morning DJ on Prague's Radio 1. When he's not doing that, he's working with our special clients on great new implementations. He was recently invited to speak at the OpenStreetMap conference - check out the video online.
Airtime DEB packages are very nearly ready. We'll release the first official DEB package for 1.9.X alongside the 1.9.4 release scheduled to happen this week. Don't touch that dial! And what news of Airtime 2.0? Well, here's a new feature for you. We've added a command line program called "airtime-log" which can tail, dump, or view any of the airtime log files. It should help you send us your log files and make it easier for you to debug what is going on if you run into issues.
Can I blow the whistle on what the Newscoop team are working on? Not really... but I can leak you a little information (if you speak German that is!). Visit http://baustelle.tageswoche.ch/ and put two and two together...