Hacks, Hackers, and the Expansive Boundaries of Journalism

Authored by: Nikki Usher

The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138283053
eBook ISBN: 9781315270449
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The boundaries of journalism are increasingly blurred as new entrants from people to new forms of news expand the field. Of increasing importance to the future of journalism is the intersection between programming and journalism. Code is the backbone of every news website, but having staff who can program as part of editorial efforts has not only become more commonplace, but it is also absolutely critical for news organizations looking to do more sophisticated digital storytelling. But code is just one part of the larger story about this fusion between hacks (journalists) and hackers (coders). As journalism becomes increasingly quantified, thanks to the rise of data and tools that make it easier to understand this data, the importance of those who can computationally analyze these new sources of news have also become highly visible in many prominent newsrooms across the world.

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