Hacks/Hackers coming to NYC on June 2

The word is out and already more than 100 people have signed up to attend the first Hacks/Hackers gathering in New York on June 2. Please sign up to attend at http://meetupnyc.hackshackers.com.

The first event will be focused on getting to know each other and assembling the wider journo-tech community to talk about what events you’d like to see in the future.

Hacks/Hackers co-founders Burt Herman and Aron Pilhofer will talk about the goals of the organization. Jennifer 8. Lee, who is helping to organize the event, will discuss her work with the Knight Foundation to support journalism innovation. Josh Cohen, senior business product manager at Google News, will also make some remarks. Folks from Patch, our main sponsor (thank you), will be discussing their approach to news and technology, as well as the skills and experience they are looking for on their product and tech teams, where they are hiring right now.

We outgrew plans to have the event at Jennifer’s loft with her famous dimsum, but we’ll be in good hands at the China Brasserie. We look forward to seeing you there!

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  • http://www.seattlecourant.com Keith

    I love what you're doing. Hacks/Hackers goes along with what I've been trying to do as well. I launched the Seattle Courant http://www.seattlecourant.com in January 2009, but I couldn't make it work. My vision was of a truly 21st newsroom with programmers and journalists working together to produce something unique.

    I'm still working toward that goal. I'm doing freelance writing work and building a platform for publishing using open source technology.

    Many people felt that the Seattle Courant failed because I was trying to do too much. The logic is, all you need to do is setup a blog, write some stories, promote them on Twitter and hire an ad person to sell ads.

    I disagree. I think that in order to have a truly viable, interesting and profitable (at least in the sense that everyone gets paid their worth), you have to do something that other news organizations can't do, or can't do as good as you.

    To do that, the newsroom need to have a healthy dose of tech skills, and so too does the revenue side of the business. The ad team needs to have access to really effective and efficient technology, just like the newsroom. We aren't going to solve our journalism problems of today, simply by re-orging our newsrooms – it needs to happen on both sides of the business and the solution is technology.

  • burtherman

    Keith,

    Thanks so much for your kind words!

    I agree that you need to create unique value, and you can't just slap the same news on the iPad that is free elsewhere online. You need to think about the value you can create for the audience, and you're right that technology is key in that.

    We're also definitely planning on bringing these events to Seattle and elsewhere, I hope you'll take part!

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