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Hacker Journalists

A talk by Mark Glaser and Jim Ray at Gnomedex 9.0

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August 22, 2009 6:00 AM

Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA

Why did media companies miss the boat on the web? They haven't always valued the input from their own technology folks on staff. That's changing as the web is becoming an important source for news and information. So now local newspapers, radio stations and TV stations are hoping that a new breed of "hacker journalists" can help them out by having experience in coding and also understanding journalism issues. I'll discuss the rise of people such as Adrian Holovaty, who launched ChicagoCrime.org, worked for the Washington Post, and started the site EveryBlock.com, and talk about the culture clash that happens when programmers bring new ideas to newsrooms.

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