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    The following blog post is written by Patrick Butler, vice president of programs at the International Center for Journalists. It is cross-posted from the International Center for Journalists' blog. Photo credit: Flickr user Ramiro Chanes. Nearly 1,000 journalists, designers and technologists gathered in Buenos Aires in late August for what Dan Sinker, director of Knight-Mozilla Open News, called “the world's largest event of Hacks/Hackers in the history of this organization." ICFJ’s Knight International Journalism Fellow in Argentina, Mariano Blejman, organized the “Media Party.” Blejman founded that country’s chapter of Hacks/Hackers, which now has nearly 2,800 members. Hacks/Hackers brings together journalists and technologists to work together to develop new digital strategies for gathering and disseminating information. Sinker brought all eight of his Knight-Mozilla Open-News Fellows, who are embedded in news organizations around the world. They work on specific projects at news outlets from The New York Times to the BBC to La Nación in Buenos Aires. They were among 30 international experts who attended, including representatives of NPR, SourceFabric, the Global Editors Network and the Knight Lab at Northwestern University.