Tag: programming

by Cindy Royal

Recently, I spoke at the SXSWedu conference in Austin about the opportunity to teach coding across university disciplines. Computer programming is quickly becoming an expected 21st century literacy, but coding is no longer limited to the realms of computer and information sciences. Technology can be used to solve problems across a range of fields, but […] more »

by Matt Smith

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. With apologies to dragon slayers, kingdom builders and bear pelt clad men who fight off all variety of creatures and invaders, a battle is being waged on every screen for your viewing consideration.┬áTV Everywhere — a term coined by Time Warner […] more »

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 »