It’s easy to forget that newspapers aren’t all words and type—there are, in fact, large armies of software developers and engineers working behind the scenes to develop the mobile apps and websites you see online. Take The Guardian, for instance, which has over 40 employees on its software team alone.
Every once in a while, The Guardian turns its collective brainpower to experimental tasks—so-called “hack days” that provide a reprieve from everyday routine. The purpose of a hack day is to prototype new methods of interpreting and displaying the vast amounts of data published on The Guardian‘s website. At other papers, such as The New York Times, some of these hacks have actually become full-fledged features or products, such as the newspaper’s impressive HTML5 newsreader.