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The Dallas Morning News had a pile of tech issues they weren't getting to, so they had a hackathon

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The Dallas Morning News has made a lot of changes in the last few years. They launched a new site. They built a custom content management system. They built an app. And they shook up how they do basically everything else.

But all of that change and milestone projects have also meant that a pile of bug fixes, and upgrades got bigger and bigger.

So they decided to hold a two-week hackathon to figure them out.

"It's a little bit of Silicon Valley coming to a 130-year-old media institution," said Nicki Purcell, chief digital officer and senior vice president of consumer sales.

The hackathon, which ended Friday, included a team of internal developers and people from Lifeblue Creative and Digital Technology, a Dallas-based firm that has worked with the Morning News since it began its digital transformation. In all, about 30 people participated.

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