News is broken.
The current system of monetisation (advertising) dis-incentivises good quality journalism in favour of clickbait and sensationalism.
News organisations have historically existed to solve distribution (printing presses) and monetisation/marketing (town criers) problems, these are problems the internet has solved in a much more scalable way.
It’s time Journalism, and by extension society, got a new model - one that uses technology to make high quality journalism sustainable again.
The first HackThePress Hackathon in September 2019 was a huge success, you can read more about it here: https://hackthepress.org/write-up-hackthepress-hackathon/
For the second HTP Hackathon we’ll be back at Newspeak House on Jan 18-19th.
The core themes we’ll be exploring are:
- Monetisation - How can news organisations monetise differently?
- Public Advice - How can news orgs help people make better decisions?
- Follow-through - How can news pieces inspire real change?
We will have a judging panel of 4 people from the tech and news industry who will select a winner in each of the three themes above.
What is a "Hackathon"?
If you're new to Hackathons, take a look at this: https://hackathon.guide/
Who can come?
Everyone is welcome, as long as they follow our code-of-conduct and have signed up on Eventbrite.
Beginners are welcome! Attendees have a huge range of skill-sets, so you'll have no problem finding someone to learn from.
We have experts from three different fields (developers, journalists, researchers) to help you improve and build your ideas.
Location & Agenda
We will be hosted by the amazing Newspeak House in London from 18-19th January 2020
Code of Conduct
For the detailed code of conduct: https://hackcodeofconduct.org/
TL;DR: Be nice
Get in touch with [email protected]