Programming and journalism students: A conversation
One night on Twitter (or around 10 a.m. Friday at my place in Indonesia), a few people joined me in a conversation about computer programming and its place in the journalism curriculum. Here are selected tweets:
- I'm walking the walk with an online course in Python, a programming language:
- Marshall Kirkpatrick was a senior writer at ReadWriteWeb from 2007 to 2012. Now he's the CEO of PlexusEngine. He asked:
- — Marshall Kirkpatrick (@marshallk)Thu, Apr 19 2012 20:10:06@macloo is there anything they should remove from their schedules to make time for that, or should they extend their education? I wonder
- — mattwynn (@mattwynn)Thu, Apr 19 2012 20:16:00
- A former journalist from South Africa and graduate student at Indiana University joined in:
- — siyafrica (@siyafrica)Thu, Apr 19 2012 20:10:21"@macloo: I am becoming more certain that journalism students should learn a programming language as part of their curriculum." ~ I agree
- Then this wise advice about Excel from "a journalist at USA TODAY, working with words, code and data":
- — Justin L. Abrotsky (@JustinAbrotsky)Thu, Apr 19 2012 20:26:47@macloo I sincerely doubt most j-school students know enough Excel to, say, get cracking on a Google Fusion Table right away.
- — Justin L. Abrotsky (@JustinAbrotsky)Thu, Apr 19 2012 20:40:15@macloo Agreed. I took a class at UF that taught Excel, and it paid off big. I don't remember if it was a pre-rec but I didn't think it was.
- The way programming is taught can make a big difference.
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