Busy Spring for Hacks/Hackers Austin

The Spring of 2012 has been a busy one for Hacks/Hackers ATX. Here’s a rundown of the past three events. With a new collaboration with the local Online News Association group, we have broadened some of the topics we are able to present. In February, we hosted a panel on Twitter and TV News featuring Sara Talbert, a reporter for Fox Austin; Michael Spurlin, a producer for MyFoxAustin.com; Rebekah Hood, the web editor for KVUE.com; Nick Blackhall, a web editor for KVUE.com. Rob Quigley of UT moderated.


In March, Austin is the place to be, with SXSW bringing thousands of tech, music and film enthusiasts to town. Hacks/Hackers, along with Online News Association and several other organizations, sponsored a big event at Palm Door, the return of the Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever.

TXST students took a break from the SXTXState.com coverage to enjoy the party.

Jeff Elder and Xavier Damman of Storify at the Awesomest Journalism party.

For the April meeting, once again in conjunction with ONA, the topic was Producing Great Video for the Web. It featured Jorge Sanhueza Lyon of KUT-Austin (formerly of Austin American-Statesman) and Burnie Burns, the founder of Rooster Teeth Productions, the company that makes the web series Red vs. Blue. See video excerpts (not great video – sorry for the poor lighting) of their presentations below.

See Storify of the event done by UT student Gerald Rich.

Jorge Sanhueza Lyon

Burnie Burns

Stay tuned for the announcement of the May meeting. What we are planning is a presentation of student data journalism projects. More to come.