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Journalists cannot succeed at digital storytelling without knowing what platforms and new tech are out there and how their audiences are using them.

Getting to grips with these new tools and telling stories in new formats can be done more effectively through collaborating with technologists and coders, but this new marriage can come with communication issues and even a certain culture shock.

Albertine Piels, founder of Hackastory, wrote 10 handy tips for journalists working with coders, based on her personal experience.

She addresses the importance of teamwork and involving both sides into any project early on, as well as the need to understand that coders and reporters work at different speeds.

Piels spoke at the newsrewired digital journalism conference, organised by, on 19 July. Read a write-up of her spotlight talk here.

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