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Interactive JournalismHackers, Data, and Code$
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Nikki Usher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040511

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040511.001.0001

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Hacker Journalists, Programmer Journalists, and Data Journalists

Hacker Journalists, Programmer Journalists, and Data Journalists

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Interactive Journalism

Nikki Usher

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on the people behind interactive journalism—hacker journalists, programmer journalists, and data journalists—and how they understand the rise of the subspecialty and its new importance in the field. More specifically, it examines how these interactive journalists behind the work and knowledge of the expansion of professional journalism see themselves and what they bring in terms of unique perspectives and skills as they adopt practices from programming cultures. The chapter discusses the backgrounds and perspectives of hacker journalists, programmer journalists, and data journalists as well as their ways of thinking. It also asks whether hacker journalists can be considered journalists and why they decide to become hacker journalists and suggests that data journalists are not coders. It shows that there are indeed new kinds of journalists who signal by their presence just how journalism is expanding. Finally, it highlights messy delineations and difficulty in defining the many types of skills and specialists within interactive journalism.

Keywords:   interactive journalism, hacker journalists, programmer journalists, data journalists, professional journalism, programming, interactive journalists, coders, journalists

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