Meet Your New Best Friend: Hackers Aid Digital Journalists

Hackers are journalists’ new best friends. They source, scrape, and program data – so reporters can uncover stories that might not otherwise be revealed. And slowly, they’re carving out a place in the assembly line of journalism, according to Miguel Paz, a journalist and founder of Poderopedia (, a website that exposes the relationships between the business and political world in Chile using publicly available dataHackers and computer geeks have to be your best friend he said, because “[they] know how to do things that you don’t know…You need that person and he needs you because you as a journalist….make good questions. Of course I know how to scrape and get the data out but what do i do with it? That’s where you come in.”