Thu, Feb 18 – 2016
The Hunt for News Products of the Future
Aron Pilhofer is Executive Editor of Digital for the Guardian. In this role, he will develop and execute new and innovative digital journalism initiatives and tools to help grow global audiences and deepen reader engagement. He will also help drive the Guardian’s digital transformation, working in concert with a global team of journalists and developers.
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. The group now has dozens of chapters and thousands of members worldwide.