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Code for journalists, or why journalists should learn code

Friday I was visiting the Center for Collaborative Journalism, and I watched director Tim Regan-Porter teaching a class called Hacking the Media. In it, about 12 students were learning to do something with Ruby on Rails. Some of the students were journalism majors. Others were from engineering or technical communication. They told the visitors how the […]

List of requirements for a digital story designer

The job title given in the advertisement is “digital news developer.” These are the requirements: College degree Minimum of 2 years programming experience Advanced command of HTML5, CSS, JavaScript (including jQuery) Light Ruby or Python for data mining, Web scraping Comfort with data analysis Understanding of responsive design Familiarity with Final Cut Pro and Adobe […]

Should you get a master’s in journalism?

To answer that question, make sure you know what you want to gain from the experience. Because getting a master’s degree is an experience — as well as an investment of your time and your money. Mu Lin, a professor at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, has addressed this in a new blog post: A […]

Should you major in journalism now?

Like any savvy blogger, I look at my blog stats from time to time. The stats tell me a lot of people come to this blog because they are searching for information about how to become a journalist, what to study, and whether it’s smart to be a journalism major. I teach about online journalism […]

Every journalist is a copy editor (or needs to be)

As print/online newsrooms evolve, the role of copyediting (and the people who copyedit) is changing. Steve Buttry, director of community engagement and social media at Journal Register Co., just wrote a long blog post about this. There’s useful information there for students, journalism educators, reporters and bloggers. Journalists who have treated the copy desk as […]

When plagiarism comes out, stand your ground

The recent case of the president of Hungary does not involve any transgression of journalism ethics. Yet plagiarism is a plague in our high schools and universities — in every country around the world, so far as I can tell. As a journalist and an educator, I consider this an ethical issue for everyone. We […]

Multimedia journalism “master classes” online

A series of (temporarily) free “master classes” about multimedia journalism just got under way. Andy Bull, a journalism trainer based in the United Kingdom, is offering the classes online in a limited-release format: Each will be available online, free, for a short time, and then disappear behind a paywall. A list of 12 topic areas […]