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Tech4Reporters helps journalists understand technology

February 7, 2018

Posted by Chris Roush

Screen Shot 2018-02-07 at 9.46.27 AMJohn Biggs, an editor-at-large at TechCrunch, has launched Tech4Reporters, a web project that links journalists with experts in the tech community free of charge to help solve the problem of journalists not understanding technology.

Jonathan Shieber of TechCrunch writes, “The project Biggs developed now reaches 171 journalists with information from a network of 661 technologists, and Biggs is hoping to expand the scope of the project even further.

“Unlike Quora or other knowledge-sharing social networks, Tech4Reporters is anonymous for the reporters that use it and the answers experts provide can only be seen by the reporter that poses the question.

“Other services have tried to pitch expert advice to journalists, but their success has been limited by so-called experts’ ability to game the system.

“The breadth of the network can also sometimes be a drawback. HelpAReporter, for instance, doesn’t focus exclusively on technology, and some reporters have said that its utility was diluted by that openness.”

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