WSJ/Marketwatch Wins Sunnyvale Hackdays

with Revolutionary Live Ticker App

03 November 2013

Ameth Sokhna

Yahoo! News in Sunnyvale, California, was the next international newsroom to host the Editors Lab Hackdays organized by the Global Editors Network, and by Yahoo! News. The two-day Editors Lab at Yahoo HQ, on November 2-3, saw  eleven teams compete to build the most innovative news-driven mobile app, or digital content, around the theme:

Kill the article--Re-imagining the Format of Online News Stories

Panorama Of Hackdays

WSJ/Marketwatch won the contest, with the teams from UC Berkeley, The Huffington Post and Yahoo! News receiving honorable mentions from the jury.

The winning project, dubbed "Tickerline" creates a new story experience, zooming in on the moment when news breaks on a stock. TickerLines tell the reader what's happening right now, and use stock charting to put that moment in context. TickerLines generate automatically so this experience reaches the reader the very second the first news update is published.

Jackie Goldberg, SVP User Experience Design; Alan Mutter, Professor at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, along with Fernando Delgado, Sr. Director of Product Management, Yahoo Mobile held three hour-long preparatory masterclasses for the teams.

The winning project was determined by a panel jury, to include Mark Glaser, Founder and Editor of PBS Mediashift; Pam Maples, Innovation Director at John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford and Antoine Laurent, Deputy Director, GEN.  The winning team will be invited to take part in the 'International Hackathon' at the GEN Barcelona Summit 2014, to compete against the winners of the twenty national Hackdays being hosted throughout the world since September 2013.

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