Resources

Hacks/Hackers aims to bring together journalists and technologies. As such, it is compiling or creating resources to help.

The Hacks/Hackers Survival Glossary is a crowdsourced explanation of terms that help us understand the technologies involved in modern content distribution. Don’t know Drupal from Django, API from Ajax, mashup from metadata? This is the list for you. It’s written for intelligent nontechies in (mostly) plain English. Feel free to distribute or contribute. Since being put up on Poynter Online, it has proved so popular that it accounts for several percentage points of traffic every day. The list is currently being translated into French and Arabic.

Hacks/Hackers is teaming up with Mozilla, the open-source-oriented nonprofit, to creating a course through Peer-to-Peer University, with the aim of collective eduction: the hackers teaching the journos, and vice versa.  The class will be a six-week commitment, with one hour a week of lectures and one project. It will cover a broad range of topics, and instructors will (tentatively) include NYT interactive guru and Hacks/Hackers honcho Aron PilhoferAmanda Hickman (teaching about mapping), and David Cohn (instructing students on online collaboration). Nieman Lab did a write-up when it won a prize at the MIT Future of Civic Media conference.

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