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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  1. Joshua Benton runs the always-insightful Nieman Journalism Lab (@niemanlab) at Harvard University.
    He got this conversation started.
  2. Robert Hernandez teaches digital journalism at USC Annenberg. 
    Patrick Thornton is a social media specialist at the Society for Science & the Public.
  3. Neil Lee is a user experience designer for the CBC. 
  4. 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.