Michael Specter Wins the Slate Hackathlon

Dec. 13 1997 3:30 AM

Michael Specter Wins the Slate Hackathlon

Michael Specter Wins the Slate Hackathlon

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The winner of the Hackathlon will be determined by an online vote of Slate's readers. Readers may vote once in each of the four events. The Hackathlete who polls the greatest total will be declared the winner and will return next year to face three new challengers.

EVENT 4--DEC. 3, 1997
A Breaking News Story in the Washington Post
The Hackathletes were given two hours to write the first 750 words of a breaking news story in the Washington Post about a possible scandal involving Newt Gingrich. A "cheat sheet" of contrived facts and quotations was provided as background for this story.

The Washington Post Breaking News cheat sheet

Malcolm Gladwell

Hanna Rosin

Michael Specter

Geoffrey Wheatcroft


Hackathletes, to your marks!





Michael Specter is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

Geoffrey Wheatcroft's book Yo, Blair! has just been published in Britain.

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of David and Goliath.

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