Hack Jersey

Coders and journalists, together

We're gearing up for our second hackathon!


Posted on 05 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

Hack Jersey helps journalists learn about data, coding and development in the newsroom. And we work with Garden State programmers to build news apps.

We offer training in data reporting and web development techniques. We build open source software to unlock and make sense of government data and civic life. We provide journalists and coders with the raw materials and tools to make projects better than they could imagine.

To keep up with what’s coming next from Hack Jersey, read the updates on our blog, follow us on Twitter @hackjersey, sign up for our mailing list and get involved.


The idea of a Jersey-based hackathon began with a conversation between Debbie Galant, director of the NJ News Commons at Montclair State University, and Tom Meagher, data editor at Digital First Media, at the 2012 Online News Association conference in San Francisco. Within weeks, dozens of volunteers from news organizations, nonprofits and tech startups across the state got involved. And Knight-Mozilla’s OpenNews joined the News Commons as a leading sponsor. Everything you could want to know about our hack weekend, you can find in this roundup.

Looking for sources for your own data projects in New Jersey? Check out our list of public data.


Our premier sponsor, the NJ News Commons, is a project of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Commons is funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and its goal is to strengthen the voice of New Jersey by helping news organizations work cooperatively.

We welcome organizations who would like to sponsor our future events. If you want to learn more about a sponsorship or partnering with us, please email us.