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Tim O’Rourke: How Hearst Newspapers DevHub Builds Tools to Empower Their Local Newsrooms
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Tim O’Rourke: How Hearst Newspapers DevHub Builds Tools to Empower Their Local Newsrooms

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In this episode, Tim O'Rourke, the Vice President for Content Strategy at Hearst Newspapers, shares his experience leading the group's DevHub editorial engineering and content strategy team that partners with HNP's local newsrooms on innovative projects and growth strategies. Hearst Newspapers produces 24 daily and 52 weekly publications across the United States. 

Previously, Tim was the director of product and strategy for The San Francisco Chronicle. He supervised the newsroom's product, website+app, multimedia, and audio staff; directed data-driven coverage; and oversaw the development of interactive projects and journalistic tools for Hearst Newspapers. His former roles include The Chronicle's managing editor, digital; assistant managing editor, and the executive producer of SFChronicle.com. He came to The Chronicle as the senior news editor, responsible for the print front page and news operations. He also served as the night-breaking news editor and the department head for the copy and wire desks. He developed the yearlong Chronicle Covers front-page archive project and wrote the occasional craft beer story for the Food+Wine department.

Before joining The Chronicle in 2013, O'Rourke worked as an editor and writer at the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Santa Barbara News-Press, Hartford Courant, and Diablo Magazine.

Join us as Tim delves into how Hearst is building their AI strategy in the age of generative AI, looking at the impact of AI-driven chatbots, the opportunities and hurdles in creating AI-powered tools, and Hearst's foray into VR and news gamification.


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