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.
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.”
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 […]
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 some advantages: I learned HTML in 1995. (I bought a book and did all the exercises in […]
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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: Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency (PDF; 1 MB) Also, I neglected to post earlier about a new […]
When students plagiarize, they take a risk. I guess they tell themselves nothing very bad will happen to them. When journalism students plagiarize, the risk is pretty damned big. For example, you lose your chance to work as a journalist. Ever. I’m going to omit the name of the former student in my university’s journalism […]