Hacking the News: Applying Computer Science to Journalism

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Sunday 13th March, 2011

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

Reporters and editors work in ways that are still largely tied to old print and broadcast models. Applying lessons from computer science can help make journalism more scalable, flexible and personalized.

This panel will discuss developments such as object-oriented programming, model-view controller frameworks, database-driven Web applications and social code repositories -- and explore how these principles can be applied to journalism and create the future of storytelling.

For example, making stories in an object-oriented mindset can help journalists work more efficiently, reusing and building on past work. Stories can be created as structured data that can be mashed up and viewed in more flexible ways by readers. Readers can get personalized stories that highlight what's new to them -- rather than having to read through what they already know to glean the latest news.

About the speakers

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Tristan Harris

Design thinker, entrepreneur, philosopher/ethicist at Google. Previously: CEO @Apture (acquired by Google). Opinions expressed are my own.

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Trei Brundrett

platisher prophet

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Jennifer 8. Lee

Writer, @plympton, @upworthy, @awesomefood, @hackshackers, @newsdiffs. Past: @nytimes, @knightfdn, fortune cookies. jenny@jennifer8lee.com bio from Twitter

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Upendra Shardanand

CEO of Daylife.com bio from Twitter

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Burt Herman

Entrepreneurial journalist finding meaning in the noise. Co-founder of Storify, Hacks/Hackers for journalists and technologists bio from Twitter

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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Sun 13th March 2011

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