Hacks and Hackers

Nikki Usher

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary


Hacker journalism is a distinctive term in journalism, whereby journalists who can program as well as programmers interested in journalism embrace foundational ideals of hacker culture and their intersection with journalism. Hacks/Hackers is a distinct movement and grassroots organization that reflects this global impetus, whereby hacks (journalists) and hackers (programmers) come together to innovate journalism. Hacker journalism is distinct from data journalism, though there is terminological confusion and “interactive journalism” may be said to better reflect the convergence of sophisticated programming and editorial initiatives. Hacker journalism reflects an epistemological approach to journalism that is predicated on transparency, iteration, participation, and tinkering.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies
EditorsTim P. Vos, Folker Hanusch, Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh, Annika Sehl
ISBN (Electronic)9781118841570
ISBN (Print)9781118841679
StatePublished - Apr 29 2019


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