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,… Read More

Get started with Web coding. Part 4: Software and CMSs

This post deals with two common assumptions: (1) You need to learn particular software programs (e.g. Dreamweaver) so you can make things for the Web. (2) Journalists work inside corporate content management systems (CMSs), so there’s no need for them to know Web coding. Both of those are incorrect. Let’s proceed.

Get started with Web coding. Part 3: The command line

My college roommate majored in computer science, and I majored in journalism. I’m not saying the journalists of the world have to become what she became — a systems analyst. But my roommate could (and still can) write standard English correctly, grammatically. She can communicate clearly. Her writing skills helped her rise in her profession. She wouldn’t know how to write a news story about a school board meeting, but in many situations in her jobs when writing was necessary, she could get that done quickly and well. It gave her an edge. It made her a better manager. It helped keep her projects on track.

For journalists in 2013, code starts to look more like that. Someone has even said: “In the digital age that we all live in, you are essentially illiterate if you can’t code.”

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,… Read More

Teaching programming to journalists

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’ve been preparing a syllabus for an upper-level undergraduate journalism course that I will begin teaching in January. I’ve been learning Python and starting to learn about jQuery. I’ve got… Read More

Most-viewed posts in 2012

According to my WordPress stats, these are the posts with the most pageviews in the past 12 months: Best social media tools for journalists (5,669) Timelines in journalism: A closer look (4,365) A few words about digital audio… Read More

Now in Portuguese and Chinese: Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

A new translation of this guide is now available, thanks to the efforts of Alessandra de Falco, a journalism professor at Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei in Brazil. She uses the guide in her classes. Em Português:… Read More