Data science and journalism convalesce for social justice

By Rowan Walrath, opinions editorAround 150 data scientists, journalists and innovators filled the Curry Student Center mezzanine to capacity on Wednesday for the inaugural HUBweek hackathon. The four-hour event focused on how data science and reporting could be synthesized to foster social good. The event was hosted by HUBweek in partnership with InkHouse, Northeastern University’s School of Journalism and its College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) and Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI). John Wihbey, an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Northeastern, served as the emcee for the hackathon. He joked that the event should be called “North by Northeastern,” a play on South by Southwest, a conglomerate of film, interactive media and music festivals and conferences held annually in Austin, Texas. “Our event name is Data…

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