Tag: programming

by Melanie Stone

In October, Olga Khazan wrote an opinion piece for The Atlantic about whether journalism schools should require students to learn to code. She made the case that aspiring journalists shouldn’t “waste time” with programming. Instead, they should be freelancing and interning, blazing forward in their quest to attain a job in the field. The article […] more »

by Cindy Royal

At the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, one panel addressed adding programming skills to the curriculum: “Why All Your Students Must Be Programmers.” The inevitable question was posed: What would you cut from existing offerings to make room for these new topics? […] more »

by Nathan Gibbs

The best stories across the web on media and technology 1. The choice of BBM over Twitter in the recent UK riots illustrates social stratification (Guardian) 2. New businesses pop up to teach web programming (Wall Street Journal) 3. How Twitter’s trending algorithm picks its topics (NPR) 4. 70% of Americans have no idea what geolocation apps are (ReadWriteWeb) 5. David Goetzl: Email […] more »

by Audrey Watters

This summer, Stanford University announced its plans to make three of its introductory computer science classes available for free to the general public. The classes — Machine Learning, Introduction to Databases, and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence — were to be taught by Stanford faculty and held online in conjunction with the regular on-campus courses held […] more »

by Roland Legrand

Yes, journalists should learn how to program. No, not every journalist should learn it right now — just those who want to stay in the industry for another ten years. More seriously, programming skills and knowledge enable us traditional journalists to tell better and more engaging stories. Programming means going beyond learning some HTML. I […] more »

by Megan Taylor

After writing about the skills a journalist/programmer might need, I thought it would be interesting to see what college students are learning. For the most part, journalism education has not caught up with the innovations taking place in the industry. Many programs don’t offer more than an introduction to working with the web, so some […] more »

by Megan Taylor

One of the explanations for the emergence of the programmer/journalist is the move of news organizations from print (or radio or TV) to the web. While some newspapers have gone online-only, and many are still trying to move to a “web-first” mindset, there are still newsrooms that view the web as a secondary medium. I […] more »

by Megan Taylor

In my first post about programmer/journalists, I wrote about the “how computer-assisted reporting (CAR) evolved into this new role. Although not all programmer/journalists started with CAR, that skillset is still the basis for any programmer/journalist. CAR skills start with obtaining data and public records. Knowing where to find this information, either online or by request, […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Whenever journalist-programmer extraordinaire Adrian Holovaty speaks at a conference, newspaper executives approach him to ask, “Where can we find another person like you?” Unfortunately, not a lot of people combine journalism with computer programming to create mash-ups like Holovaty’s seminal side project, ChicagoCrime.org, which feeds the city’s crime blotter into a searchable online database and […] more »

by Mark Glaser

This is a caption It’s a hot, muggy day in the Not-So-Deep South, unusual for the winter time. They’re packed in to the rafters at the First Community Gospel Church of Interdenominational Mumbo-Jumbo. After a few opening hymns, a hush goes over the congregation, as mothers sternly “shush” their squirming children, while waving fans rapidly […] more »