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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.”

Get started with Web coding. Part 2: JavaScript and jQuery

I’m not willing to say every journalism student needs to learn JavaScript. But I believe strongly that journalists and educators and students need to understand how the Web works, and what must happen before you see something you can interact with — on a mobile phone or a tablet or a website.

So that’s how I’m going to start — with something simple and basic that you should understand.

When you see things that move or react to your clicking and typing in any Web-based story or feature or app, that’s probably JavaScript making it all happen. Only JavaScript. Even the control buttons on an audio player or a video player — now that Flash is far out of favor, even those little buttons are created with a combination of CSS and JavaScript.

The future, and journalism education

My university played host this weekend to several dozen journalism educators and some very wonderful working journalists. They all came to the Journalism Interactive conference to share what they know and learn new things about digital media and training the next generation of journalists. Most of our conference sessions were in the historic building in […]

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 […]

Using Storify to share links and videos

In a graduate-level course, like many educators, I require students to make presentations to the class. A while back, I forbade the use of PowerPoint — or any other slides — during the presentation. However, students must find, show and discuss some websites and videos as part of the presentation. These sites and videos should […]

A few thoughts about MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses

Educators are talking about the phenomenon of large-enrollment free online courses offered by very reputable professors and universities. Now the University of Texas “is in negotiations with Coursera and edX, two of the most prominent companies engaged in the mass distribution of course content from elite universities for free online” (source: Texas Tribune). So I […]