Hacker-Journalism 2011: A year of “show your work”

It has been exciting to be both a witness to and a participant in the growing movement towards open web development in journalism. 2011 is one of those years that it’s amazing to sit back, here on one of its last days, and look back at just how much has been accomplished.

There was incredible work happening among news apps teams and individual developers around the internet that it’s impossible to capture it all here. Here are a few standouts from both myself and from a callout I put on Twitter:

But perhaps the biggest thing to affect journalism development was the embracing of the credo of “show your work,” first exemplified in a blog post by the Tribune’s Christopher Groskopf and later picked up on a panel I hosted at ONA, and it has rapidly spun from there.

It’s spun so fast, in fact—the philosophy of working in the open and the realization that Code Matters in journalism—that there’s now an entire site devoted to listing the journalism coding jobs available. A development so important that ProPublica’s Scott Klein calls it the "story of the year."

It’s for all these reasons and many, many more that, from where I’m sitting (my inlaws’ basement, with Happy Feet playing on the TV across the room), 2011 is just a preamble. 2012 is going to be incredible—the year that journalism code really starts to scale and where you begin to see impact throughout the industry. I’m going all-in. You should too. Let’s do this.

PS. Thanks to Zach Seward, Jeff Jarvis, Al Shaw, Matt Waite, Christopher Groskopf, Josh Stearns, Scott Klein, Chrys Wu, and many many others for helping out on Twitter. There were a bazillion incredible examples not cited in this blog post. If I had the time, I’d collect the last 45 minutes of Tweets, but Happy Feet is (mercifully) coming to an end.