Coder and Journalist Dan Schultz to Present ‘Hacking Journalism’ Feb. 6

January 28, 2013

The second installment of the new Digital Edge Journalism seminar series in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications will bring to campus Dan Schultz, a Knight-Mozilla Fellow at the Boston Globe. He will discuss “Hacking Journalism” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. Follow at #hackj.

Dan Schultz

The series is sponsored by Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair of Journalism Innovation Dan Pacheco, who will provide details and insights into the growing “hacker-journalist” movement, in which programmers are applying their skills to news, information and civic media.

Schultz’s recent projects include Truth Goggles—billed as “a credibility layer for the Internet”—which identifies fact-checked content on the web; and ATTN-SPAN, which tailors C-SPAN content to allow viewers to become better informed about the activities of their representatives in Washington, D.C.

Schultz graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with a degree in information systems and a minor in computer science. He won the Knight News Challenge in 2007, and gained a unique perspective on the state of the information industry and the needs of communities. He has been developing digital community systems for almost a decade, and has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, CMU, Vanguard and Colorquick LLC. He has been trained as a system and interface designer, programmer and project manager. He was previously a research assistant with MIT Media Lab, and currently provides technical assistance for PBS’ Media Shift and IdeaLab blogs.

His specialties include php, mysql, css, jquery, javascript, xml, apache webserver, xhtml, soap services, agile, actionscript, laser cutting pumpkins, journalism and new media.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the School of Information Studies, is open to the public. Food will be served. RSVP at hackingjournalism.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact Dan Pacheco at 315-443-9811 or drpachec@syr.edu.