It was great to go back to Stanford University and meet John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships crowd: a 3-day workshop focusing on journalism innovation and design thinking helped everyone rethink our approach towards the challenges we are facing in our daily professional life: how to improve our crowdfunding techniques, how to convince colleagues on the benefits of innovation and how to integrate the design thinking approach into a huge news organization. Thanks everyone for sharing your challenges and work on mine. (I am on the picture, yes, last row). Photo (as usual): Samaruddin Stewart
I wrote a blogpost for the website of the US-based press freedom organization, the Committee to Protect Journalists on the latest events concerning Hungary's FOI leglislation.
This is the best thing that has ever happened in Hungary." Katalin Erdélyi, a freedom of information activist, was referring to a ground-breaking website launched in Hungary in 2012. "I was glad because I realized the potential and how it will help me get all the information I longed for," she told me. The website, KiMitTud (WhoKnowsWhat, in English) is a simple online tool that helps average citizens file information requests to public bodies, and to view and comment on other people's requests. "I alone filed around 500 requests since the launch," Erdélyi said.
The blogger regularly publishes articles based on the information provided by ministries or local communities. She also uses the answers as the basis for stories on Hungary's non-profit investigative journalism outlet Atlatszo, which hosts the FOI-request site. With more than 5,000 requests and hundreds of regular users since its launch, KiMitTud has proved to be a success. But new legislation on FOI requests could severely curtail the ability of journalists and others to access this type of information. More...