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Congratulations Corey Takahashi: Winner of the Hacks/Hackers scholarship to Poynter

We’re delighted to announce that freelance journalist Corey Takahashi is the winner of the Hacks/Hackers scholarship to Poynter’s workshop on programming for journalists / journalism for programming.

Based in Los Angeles, Corey is planning to apply the digital skills from the Poynter workshop to revisit demographic trends that he wrote about during the 2000 Census through a data-focused lens. As part of his trip, Corey also will create a video reflecting on what he learns at the workshop and lessons from bringing together the cultures of journalism and programming — and we’ll be sure to post that here.

Corey’s career has taken him across the entire media spectrum as he has stayed on the cutting edge of journalism. He started as a founding editor at hiphop magazine Blaze, and later worked for Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday and New York Public Radio. He then moved from print to broadcast and has been a contributor to NPR, the CBC and the BBC/PRI/WGBH newsmagazine, The World. He’s a fully multimedia journalist who works across all formats.

Thanks to all the applicants for taking the time to write out their pitches. We were excited to see the range of different people who applied — from college students to hacktivists to full-time freelancers — and the range of ideas. More opportunities soon.

Please join us in congratulating Corey!

Introducing Hacks/Hackers Los Angeles

We’re proud to announce the addition of a Los Angeles branch to the ever-growing Hacks/Hackers nationwide network.

Thursday, July 8, more than a dozen members of the Los Angeles journogeek scene joined up for the first introductory Hacks/Hackers LA meetup at Redwood Bar and Grill, conveniently located across the street from the LA Times.

Our first meetup was a mingling event for our community members to get to know each other and for us, the organizers, to get a feel for the kinds of ideas and interests floating around the Los Angeles community.

What we talked about

Most of the conversations throughout the night were in small, circulating circles. A few recurring topics:

Data visualization: What works, what’s possible, what has fallen flat in the past.

Multimedia strategies: One man-band strategy vs. the in-house multimedia inspection team.

Journalism education: Yes, it’s a topic that has been discussed over and over again in journogeek circles, but for a good reason: we all agree that it still needs work. A few memorable notes from discussions about journalism education:

  • Many students still care too much about the “grade” rather than the value of the experience they gain. This isn’t the fault of the students, but of the general mindset and educational structure upheld by traditional institutions
  • How valuable are entrepreneurial journalism classes/programs? Can you truly teach entrepreneurialism in a classroom setting?

And, just for fun: Hidden food gems in the Southland: Korean clambakes and SF/SD-worthy burritos

What the Twitterverse said

Now that we’ve all had the chance to meet and talk, future meetups will be more structured and thematic with speakers, panels, presentations — you name it. We’re open to ideas from everyone.

Keep an eye on this blog for and our freshly-created Facebook page for updates on the place and theme of the next meetup.

Michelle Minkoff, Eric Zassenhaus and Lauren Rabaino are co-organizers of Hacks/Hackers LA.