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‘Hackers’ turn to user-centered products at J-School Hackathon at North Texas
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When Tracy Kirk registered for the MediaShift J-School Hackathon at UNT, she was hoping to collaborate on solutions to some of the issues facing small-town news organizations. However, Kirk’s original goal took a sharp turn when she shared a recent experience she had while searching for schools with her college-bound daughter.

The two-day competition, which was hosted by UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism, included about 50 student participants and faculty facilitators from journalism schools across the country. Students were placed on one of eight teams — ranging from three to five members — and tasked with developing...