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Hacks/Hackers is a meetup group for journalists and technologists, founded in November 2009 by San Francisco journalist Burt Herman, New York Times developer Aron Pilhofer, and Medill professor Rich Gordon.
The group works to help journalists (hacks) and developers (hackers) learn from each other and collaborate on projects. Hacks/Hackers runs a blog and holds regular events in about two dozen cities, including San Francisco, New York City, and Boston. It also runs a programming help website, though the site’s future was in jeopardy as of mid-2011.
In May 2010, Hacks/Hackers held a conference, Hacks/Hackers Unite, which was attended by nearly 100 reporters, editors, designers, and others interested in the future of journalism. The two-day-long event included a hackathon during which attendees built 12 iPad news apps. Later in 2010, Hacks/Hackers also ran a six-week online course on journalism and technology in partnership with Mozilla.
Hacks/Hackers is funded through donations and is working to find sponsors and foundation grants, and to become a nonprofit organization.
Gannett is the United States’ largest media company and newspaper publisher. Gannett is a publicly traded company based in McLean, Va., the site of USA Today, its flagship paper and by far its largest publication. Gannett owns more than 80 daily newspapers in the United States, including the Arizona Republic, Indianapolis Star, Detroit Free Press, Tennessean,…