Web developers: we need your help!

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The Independent is gearing up for a new chapter of its short but accomplished history as Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier independent media outlet. We are going to build a new website that will enable us to be fluid and versatile in a rapidly changing world of online social and news media.

To do this we need your help — so we’re inviting software, web and computer developers, engineers, hackers and programmers who are passionate about independent journalism, open source software, social, economic and environmental justice, and web-based activist media to join us for a meet-up and brainstorming session this coming Wednesday (July 27) in St. John’s.

“We want to grow TheIndependent.ca into a powerful online platform to create and share media for positive social change,” says Daniel Miller, a volunteer web developer who will be helping facilitate the new project for The Independent.

“This meet-up will be an opportunity to hear about TheIndependent.ca’s current codebase and our aims for revamping it, talk about open source software projects you are currently involved in or would like to start, talk about how we might use OSS to improve and support journalism, grassroots democracy and social justice in Newfoundland and Labrador, brainstorm ideas for successfully turning TheIndependent.ca’s software into an open source, community-lead project, and join our github organization and start contributing to the creation of the new TheIndependent.ca,” Miller continued.

On the meet-up’s Facebook event page Miller explained some of the upcoming projects interested folks can contribute to include: the creation of a page for engaged people around the province who want to share ideas about how to make NL a better place to live, the creation of an interactive page for The Indy’s supporters to mobilize resources and fundraise to help our little-publication-that-could continue publishing, a rewrite of TheIndependent.ca in React on top of the WordPress JSON API, and the creation of development and deployment systems that make contributing to the above projects a breeze for volunteers of all types.

The Indy’s Software Dev Meet-up will take place Wednesday, July 27, from 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. at 261 Duckworth Street in St. John’s.

Daniel Miller is a volunteer web developer with The Independent. By day he creates online learning software with Angular and Node. He will facilitate the meet-up and discussion on July 27. For more information, to RSVP for the event, or to ask ask questions, visit the event’s Facebook page.