News hacker Harris departs NY Times

Self-described "news hacker" Jacob Harris is leaving the New York Times and news in general to work for work for 18F, a "civic-hacking startup of sorts operating within the federal government"--but not before writing this epic Medium post (which has received 700+ shares so far). "News can be a drag and news can be a drug.  I wish everyone could experience what it is like to be in a newsroom on a general election night," Harris writes. "Nine years is a blip in the history of The New York Times, but I was a part of it. I made my mark. And for that I will be forever grateful."

After colleagues and readers went wild on Twitter, he tweets, "I wasn’t going to write something, but I’m glad I did. It’s so much better than tweeting. Thank you for reading." 

 "Well, it’s out there now. ... It is not even remotely hyperbolic to say,@harrisj, that INT doesn’t happen without you," reacts NYT alum Aron Pilhofer, now with the Guardian.

Others enjoyed the bittersweet anecdotes from the Times' laborious transition into the digital world of news.

"'Why are the web people here?' could well serve as the epitaph of a certain kind of media company," muses Nieman Lab's Joshua Benton, who also notes, "Very sad for @nytimes, but at least we’ll be able to FOIA @harrisj’s Twitter DMs now."

Some silver lining!

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!

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