Join the effort to build trust in news with pre-ISOJ Hackathon at The Texas Tribune


Registration is open for a day-long hackathon focused on building news credibility tools.

The free event, organized by The Texas Tribune and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, will take place on Thursday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Studio 919 at the Texas Tribune.

The Hackathon will be held the day before the 20th annual International Symposium on Online Journalism. ISOJ attendees, as well as developers, designers, researchers, news junkies, journalists, academics and others in the Austin area, are welcome to register for the Hackathon.

During the event, attendees will form three- to five-person multidisciplinary teams to tackle building tools to measure and boost trust in news.

Participants are welcome to bring their own ideas, but it’s not necessary. At the end of the day, they’ll present their tools or concepts to a panel of judges who will award a prize.

“I believe we live in uncertain times,” said Andrew Gibson, front-end engineer at The Texas Tribune and part of the Hackathon team. “I also believe there is a virtually unlimited supply of unverified online content. That’s why people arguably need reliable and trustworthy journalism more than ever. I hope collaboration through fun events like this one can help to make progress in that direction.”

Hackathon participants are invited to register for ISOJ 2019, a global conference on the state of online journalism, which will take place April 12-13 at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. ISOJ attracts journalists, media executives and scholars from around the world. Founded in 1999 by UT journalism professor Rosental Alves, the conference celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.