Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. In addition to teaching, his work is focused on new business models, digital transformation and innovation in news. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was Executive Editor, Digital, and interim Chief Digital Officer at the Guardian in London. There, he led the Guardian's 200-person product and technology teams as well as heading visual journalism -- including pictures, graphics, interactive and data journalism.
Prior to joining the Guardian, Aron was Associate Managing Editor for Digital Strategy and editor of Interactive News at The New York Times. He was responsible for helping develop and execute the newsroom's approach to technology, new product, analytics, interactives and social media. Outside the newsroom, Aron worked closely with the business side, helping lead development of new paid products and representing the newsroom's interests in the areas of product and technology.
Aron joined The Times in 2005 as a projects editor on the paper's newly expanded computer-assisted reporting team, where he specialized in stories related to money, politics and influence for the politics desk and Washington bureau.
Prior to The Times, Pilhofer was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington. Before working at the Center, Pilhofer was on the national training staff of Investigative Reporters and Editors and worked for a number of years as a statehouse and projects reporter for Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware.
Aron also co-founded two news-related startups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks & Hackers. Launched in 2009, DocumentCloud.org improves journalism by making source documents easier find, search, analyze and share online. DocumentCloud.org now contains close to 1 million documents and is used by more than 800 newsrooms worldwide. Hacks & Hackers, also created in 2009, is an informal organization that brings journalists and technologists together.