‘Journalists: learn to code’ says Guardian’s Arthur

Charles Arthur of The Guardian makes his point pretty plain: “If I had one piece of advice to a journalist starting out now, it would be: learn to code”

“Let’s be clear that I’m not saying “code” as in “get deep into C++ or Java” … I mean it in the sense of having a nodding acquaintance with methods of programming, and perhaps a few languages, so that when something comes along where you’ll need, say, to transform data from one form to another, you can. Or where you need to make your own life easier by automating some process or other.

” … None of which is saying you shouldn’t be talking to your sources, and questioning what you’re told, and trying to find other means of finding stuff out from people. But nowadays, computers are a sort of primary source too. You’ve got to learn to interrogate them effectively – and quote them meaningfully – too.”

Amen to that.

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2 thoughts on “‘Journalists: learn to code’ says Guardian’s Arthur

  1. Richard Kendall

    Without wanting to put a dampener on the suggestion, coding in a Web content environment would require a fair bit of learning of modern, clean, Web Standard XHTML, CSS and probably JavaScript or PHP languages, together with an appreciation of design and image and graphic manipulation, together with an understanding of web usability and accessibility – if you were going to do it properly

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