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Oct. 12, 2017 9:57 am

A new meetup of ‘hacker-journalists’ is taking on fake news

Hacks/Hackers DC is hosting a panel discussion featuring journalists on Oct. 18.

It may be the year of Fake News, but #DCTech now has a hack for that

(Photo by Flickr User Marco Verch, used under a Creative Commons license)

In the realm of #dctech, there are groups hacking everything from gerrymandering to diversity in tech industries, to neighborhood safety.

Fake news is next.

Hacks/Hackers DC is set to hold its first meetup on the topic next week, with a mix of journalists and technologists in the conversation.

Hacks/Hackers DC explains the partnership between media and tech in its group description, which reads, “Journalists call themselves “hacks,” someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds.”

Join the group on October 18 for a panel discussion on how journalists and techies can work together to hack the media and reduce fake news.

The event will be held at Capital News Service’s D.C. Bureau near the White House, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendance is free.

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Next week’s panelists are:

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Julia Airey

Julia Airey is a graduate of the University College Roosevelt with a triple-major in Law, Linguistics and Geography. An alumna of UWC-USA, Airey organized the digital #ForcedToUnite Conference and runs the journalism blog, How is that Legal? In her free time, she like dogs of the large and fluffy variety.

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