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Thursday October 23, 2014

#HackJersey Pairs #Coders and #Reporters for Creative Media Apps

Hack JerseyReporters and coders will band together at Hack Jersey this weekend in the service of journalism. Their task: create new apps, media tools and data visualizations. In addition to a tour of The New York Times’ R&D Lab or lunch with Jeff Jarvis, the team that creates the best work related to Hurricane Sandy wins a (still undisclosed) special  prize. The idea for the hackathon arose after a conversation between Debbie Galant, founder of Baristanet, and Tom Meagher, data editor of NY-based Digital First Media. Galent told The Star-Ledger that, “The important thing is to get people to start thinking creatively.”

Each team has at least one developer and one journalist. Projects have to be released under an open-source license so other hackers can develop the work. Meagher told The Star Ledger that the ultimate goal is usable tools and, “The best case is that some projects that get built have a shelf life beyond this.”

The Star-Ledger