This past weekend I spent Saturday and most of Sunday (the morning was spent on a some fruitless apartment hunting) at the Hacking Journalism event put on by Hacks Hackers, Future of News, Conde Nast and Embedly. The focus was on video, which was right up my alley.
It was a pretty amazing group with people attending from everywhere from the Washington Post and New York Times to MIT and Witness, to the New Yorker and NPR. The first day we were divided into groups of 5-8 with at least one front end developer and back end developer in each group. After some talks by people like Ingrid Kopp and Nick Fortugno we set off on trying to develop some sort of video tool for journalists.
What we came up with was called Full Sight, a “simple tool that allows journalists to use video as texture in their work.” The way it works is that text in a written piece that is highlighted will automatically trigger a fullscreen video that fades up in the background when your cursor hovers over the highlighted text. You can see an example here.
This is a photo of a couple of members of our team at work.
There were lots of great projects that were all presented the Sunday afternoon – which can all be accessed through this hackdash page.