Tag: coding

by Dan Sinker

We’ve been looking for Knight-Mozilla Fellows for four years now, and so you begin to notice patterns during the process. There’s that moment when you worry that there won’t be enough applicants, and then that other when you worry there will be too many. There’s that melancholy time when you realize that you won’t have […] more »

by Nicole Zhu

This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. With code sometimes you have to run before you can walk. Tutorials and W3Schools are great for learning the basics, but at some point you just have to open a blank window in Sublime Text, focus on a project and start writing code from scratch. […] more »

by Dan Sinker

This week, as part of our search for our 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows, who spend 10 months writing open code in the newsroom, we have asked others that develop in the newsroom why they do what they do. The answers — we highlighted a couple in a previous post — are still flowing in, but we […] more »

by Dan Sinker

In less than a month, on August 16, the search for our 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows will come to a close. Knight-Mozilla Fellows do amazing work — they spend 10 months embedded in newsrooms writing code to help solve journalistic problems — but they don’t do that work alone. When you become a Knight-Mozilla Fellow, you […] more »

by Shelly Tan

This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. Learning a new programming language is both the most exciting and the most humbling experience. For me, that language has recently been Python, which I’ve been learning over these last few months. And as every coder knows, the best way to learn a language is […] more »

by Suyeon Son

This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. Knight Lab’s Rebecca Lai watches me type every letter of a long file name — something like pythonreallylongfilename1234567.py — into Sublime. After the first couple letters, she cannot contain herself. “TAB COMPLETE! TAB COMPLETE!” If there’s an apt analogy for the way Lai must feel […] more »

by Hrisanthi Kroi

We realized early on that if we were going to even have a shot at winning the first Pearl Hacks hackathon, we had to do what we knew how to do best: tell a story. Casey Miller, Annie Daniels, Josie Hollingsworth, Caroline Pete and I had no plan when we came together for Pearl Hacks, […] more »

by Cindy Royal

I am working to improve digital awareness and skills among journalists, journalism students and faculty by developing an open-source website with training modules that will help them learn to code. As data visualization becomes a legitimate and important means of storytelling, the demand for people with programming and data skills will increase. Journalists who understand […] more »

by Matthew Gelfand

“I definitely think that coding now is a kind of a literacy, no matter what position you are in.” –Louise Ma, WNYC’s data news interaction designer, in CJR Here’s a fact: The occupation of newspaper reporter was recently rated by one career services website as the No. 1 worst job of 2013. With a negative […] more »

by Dan Sinker

Change is awesome — it’s a necessary component to anything remaining vital and a required ingredient to facilitate organic growth. And so it’s with real excitement that today I’m announcing changes to the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership. Before we get to the changes, some quick background: Conversations around the original partnership began in 2010, with […] more »