- — Joshua Benton (@jbenton)Mon, Oct 21 2013 15:16:39For the record, people used to say all of this about word processors, spreadsheets, social media, and video editing theatlantic.com/education/arch ……
- Joshua Benton runs the always-insightful Nieman Journalism Lab (@niemanlab) at Harvard University.
He got this conversation started.
- — Joshua Benton (@jbenton)Mon, Oct 21 2013 15:17:49Look, not every journalist should learn Python! But if you want to ensure future employment, it’s prob as good an investment as is available
- — Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist)Mon, Oct 21 2013 15:29:02
- — Patrick Thornton (@pwthornton)Mon, Oct 21 2013 15:38:31
- Robert Hernandez teaches digital journalism at USC Annenberg.
Patrick Thornton is a social media specialist at the Society for Science & the Public.
- — Joshua Benton (@jbenton)Mon, Oct 21 2013 15:20:58If you hate computers (or “aren’t good at math”!) and want to write stories, fine! But tech skills aren’t only for a niche of weirdos.
- — Joshua Benton (@jbenton)Mon, Oct 21 2013 15:23:10@neilio I think being comfortable with data/code very much supports the quality of the journalistic work, isn’t in tension with it.
- Neil Lee is a user experience designer for the CBC.
- — Joshua Benton (@jbenton)Mon, Oct 21 2013 15:28:59Also, big difference between “learning to code” and “knowing HTML.” Not knowing basic HTML is like not understanding basic algebra.
- — Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist)Mon, Oct 21 2013 15:30:10@jbenton I preach follow your passion, whatever it is and you'll make it, but people measure 'success' differently. I also preach, though,
- — Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist)Mon, Oct 21 2013 15:31:13@jbenton that Journos need to know and respect all crafts (photography, audio, video, code, etc) to know cost and how to work with peers.
- Should every j-school grad know how to write basic HTML and CSS? These are not "code"; these are the ABC's of the Web. When we say "code," we mean programming languages and not HTML.
- — Joshua Benton (@jbenton)Mon, Oct 21 2013 15:31:42@webjournalist Sure, but j-school is also about exposing the sports columnist to feature writing, the longform writer to breaking news, etc.
Should journalists learn to code?
A conversation around this recurring question sprang up on Twitter on Oct. 21, 2013, sparked by an article that ran on The Atlantic's website.
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