Tag: programmers

by Phillip Smith

I’m working on a fun little project at the moment that involves pulling data out of a Google Spreadsheet that is being curated by a team of journalists. The interesting thing about this project is that it so clearly illustrates the difference in thinking between people who regularly work with databases (herein called programmers) and [...] more »

by Philip Neustrom

Hey friends! It’s time for another LocalWiki update! What’s happened since our last update? Erg, a lot! Pilots The LocalWiki project is an ambitious effort to create community-owned, living information repositories that will provide much-needed context behind the people, places, and events that shape our communities. We’ve selected our very first few pilot communities. Folks [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

[With apologies to Wallace Stevens.] If you decide to venture beyond talking about how your news organization’s site should work into actually changing how it does work, there’s one essential skill you’ll have to learn: how to talk to a programmer. Most nonprogrammers have no idea how to communicate their idea for a new feature [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

The first two “journalist-programmers” — experienced Web developers who won Knight News Challenge scholarships to attend the one-year master’s program at the Medill School of Journalism — will start their studies here at Northwestern University in just a few weeks. Let me tell you a little bit about them — and, in the process, remind [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

One of the most common questions I’ve gotten about our journalist/programmer scholarships comes from news organizations: "When can we hire them?" And recent developments suggest that the need for people with both journalism and programming skills is only going to increase. For Northwestern’s Readership Institute blog, I wrote last week about the growing number of [...] more »

by Dan Schultz

When I found out that I won the “First Annual News Challenge” I wasn’t sitting in an editor’s office or getting ready to talk at a conference about new media – I was in my dorm room trying to decide whether or not I wanted to order a pizza for dinner. All of a sudden [...] more »