I thought some people in the group might be interested in an event we're hosting at Columbia next week, Thursday Nov 14th from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Carlos Castillo will be giving a talk on Social Media News Mining. His work touches on various aspects of social media analytics including measuring and predicting news impact and bias (more context here). He'll be joined after his talk by Gilad Lotan of betaworks for some public Q&A to really drill into what the data mining means for practicing journalists. The RSVP is here - hope to see you there!
The worlds of hackers and journalists are coming together as reporting goes digital and Internet companies become media empires.
Journalists call themselves "hacks," someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds.
This group is to bring all these people together -- those who are working to help people make sense of their world. It's for hackers exploring technologies to filter and visualize information, and for journalists who use technology to find and tell stories. In the age of information overload, all their work has become even more crucial.
This group aims to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures.