Tag: programmer-journalist

by Rich Gordon

“Hacks and Hackers,” our young organization focused on bringing journalism and technology closer together, seems to have struck a chord. Over the weekend of May 21-23, 80 journalists and technologists in San Francisco participated in the group’s first "Hacks/Hackers Unite" gathering, where they developed 12 iPad applications. Meanwhile, our “question-and-answer” site, Help.Hackshackers.com, launched less than [...] more »

by Aron Pilhofer

Jacqui Maher is the most recent addition to my Interactive News team at the New York Times, and although she started almost six months ago, I have yet to get her business cards — an embarrassing fact she (rightly) points out at regular intervals. I’m not raising this to highlight my shortcomings as a manager, [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

For many years now, the NICAR-L email list has been the online home for journalists doing data analysis — the people doing "computer-assisted reporting" or "precision journalism." Though email lists are an old technology, this one continues to thrive — just in the past week, there have been 277 posts to the list. Beyond the [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

We journalists are fond of saying that journalism is constitutionally protected because of our critical role in providing information that people need to be citizens in a democracy. Which makes it all the more shameful that most newspapers — in print and online — have historically done such a lousy job of helping people navigate [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

Back in early 2008, as I headed off to a conference at Georgia Tech, I wrote a post for Idealab headlined "Computation + Technology = ?" Two recent developments suggest that we’re starting to find answers to that question — and more importantly, that there’s a growing number of people trying to find these answers. [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

Manya Gupta, a software engineer for telecommunications companies in her native India, is the fourth winner of a Knight News Challenge "programmer-journalist" scholarship. She’s now in her second quarter studying journalism at the Medill School at Northwestern University. She blogs occasionally at http://manya-myvoice.blogspot.com/. Learn some more about Manya from the following edited Q&A. Tell us [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

Software that writes baseball game stories from box scores and play-by-play information now has a name: StatsMonkey. And it’s making some journalists nervous — needlessly. The software, the first version of which was developed this spring by a team of computer science and journalism students at Northwestern University, has evolved significantly since then. John Templon [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

Our Knight News Challenge scholarship program to educate "programmer-journalists" at the Medill School at Northwestern University just won some significant external validation. The Online News Association yesterday announced the finalists for this year’s Online Journalism Awards, and two of the finalists resulted directly from the scholarship initiative. News Mixer, the "conversations around news" site created [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

For Brian Boyer, the circle is complete. Almost exactly two years ago, Boyer saw a posting on BoingBoing about scholarships for computer programmers interested in studying journalism. He was one of the first to apply for the "programmer-journalist" scholarships, and enrolled in the master’s program at the Medill School in January 2008. In December, he [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

If the survival of journalism depends on technology innovation, one or more of three things will have to happen: Journalists will learn technology development; Technology developers will learn journalism; Journalists and technology professionals will learn to collaborate. The Pulitzer Prize awarded last week to the St. Petersburg Times for PolitiFact, a database-powered website assessing the [...] more »