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#Podcast – Connecting journalism and technology: Lessons for hack day success

October 12th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Journalism, Online Journalism, Podcast

Both within and outside of the newsroom, journalists, developers, designers – and people with other skillsets – are coming together to either work on projects as part of dedicated hack days, or just make new connections through more casual meetings.

This week’s podcast hears from those experienced in running hack day events, who share their approaches, lessons and top tips for staging hack day events and encouraging collaboration around journalistic issues.

The podcast features:

Some background reading and watching:

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Follow the Guardian Hack Day 2011

Yesterday and today, staff at the Guardian have been having a get together that sums up the kind of thing the organisation is really good at.

The Guardian Hack Day is about getting its developers in a room and getting them to build stuff, with helpful advice from staff from editorial, commercial, or anywhere I think.

Information architect Martin Belam probably describes it better:

I suppose we should explain a bit more about what a “hack day” is at the Guardian. Essentially for two working days our tech team puts aside their normal work, and gets to work on a project of their own choosing. Sometimes they will work as teams, sometimes as individuals. (And sometimes I think they have been secretly coding the things for months in advance anyway). Other people, like the design and UX team, and commercial & editorial staff, are also encouraged to take part if they can spare the time.

This is certainly not the first hack day, but they are liveblogging this one, and it makes for interesting reading. It is coming to a close now, I got sidetracked away from posting something about it yesterday, but you can still follow the day two liveblog here, and you can look back on the goings on from yesterday here.

A nice hack from someone outside the Guardian also appeared today: http://latertodayguardian.appspot.com/

Created by Chris Thorpe, who used to work for the Guardian’s Open API Platform team, it uses a Guardian JSON feed to turn the news organisation’s new experimental open newslist into a great looking column-based page, with links to reporters’ Twitter accounts and a Guardian API search to try and match the newslist to published stories.

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PDA: Journalists and developers join forces for Guardian Hack Day 2

Nice round-up from Kevin Anderson on the projects created at the Guardian’s second Hack Day – an event to see ‘what journalists and developers could come up with in just a day’.

Projects included:

  • a visualisation of swine flu news – showing the number of news stories compared with outbreak areas that had received less coverage
  • creating Google gadgets for individual Guardian sections
  • an iPhone app alerting users to Guardian events and helping them find their way their with Google maps

Idea-inspiring stuff.

Full post at this link…

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#datajourn: Simon Willison’s ‘hack day’ tools for non-developers

July 29th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Editors' pick, Online Journalism

The Guardian’s second (internal) hack day is imminent; the development team, members of the tech department and even journalists get together to play and build.

Read about the first one here. Remember this effort by guest hacker, Matthew Somerville: http://charlian.dracos.co.uk/?

In preparation for the second, Simon Willison (@simonw), the lead developer behind the Guardian’s MPs’ expenses crowdsourcing application, has helpfully put together an (external) list of tools for non-developers: “sites, services and software that could be used for hacking without programming knowledge as a pre-requisite. ”

Full list at this link…

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Tweets from the New York Times’ hack day #timesopen

February 20th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Events

Some great comments coming out of the New York Times’ hack day, Times Open. Follow the twitter chatter below:

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