Going beyond comments at Hacks/Hackers NYC

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Last week was a bit of a blur: after meeting with the Chicago Tribune News Applications team, and descending into the Tribune dungeon for an evening of brainstorming with the local Hacks/Hackers group, I was off to New York for the Hacks/Hackers NYC “Beyond Comments: Discuss, brainstorm with Shirky, Michel, Gupta” event at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts (home of the ITP program).

Sadly, I didn’t manage to capture Clay Shirky’s talk where he touched on some of his recent research into online conversations. (If you recorded it, or have links to his recent writings on the topic, please pop a note into the comments below!)

By the time that Ro Gupta of Disqus took the stage, I was able to get my act together and start recording. His talk in two parts:

Next up was Amanda Michel of ProPublica who spoke to her experiences in online community organizing, and how those skills translate into the new kinds of journalism being pioneered at ProPublica.

Having absorbed some pretty smart thinking about the evolution of online comments, discussion and debate in the context of news, the hacks and hackers in the room broke into groups to brainstorm their own innovations. Sixty-minutes later, they returned and presented their ideas to the group. Watch all six pitches:

I received this note from Hacks/Hackers NYC organizer, Chrys Wu, on my way back to Toronto:

Anecdotally, last night’s Beyond Comments discussion is one of our most successful events to date. — Chrys Wu

It’s pretty amazing what can happen when you bring together a room full of smart people and ask them to problem solve, no?

The Knight-Mozilla News Technical Challenge has moved to the voting portion of the competition. Learn more about the ideas and cast your vote for the most promising at drumbeat.org/journalism.

To learn more about upcoming Hacks/Hackers NYC events, join the meetup page.

Categories: Talks, Meetups, News
Tag: comments