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What should we be teaching journalism students? April 4, 2008

Posted by Robert Rich in symposium.
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What should be teaching journalism students to prepare for this data oriented move?

“A starting point is to teach flash. But you also need to teach databases, javascript, hmtl and all of that, you have to be knowledgeable about that.” – Paige West

“I would say flash would be the place to start. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. If you learn it you’re basically learning javascript, because they’re basically the same language. Having gone through this myself, learning a second programming language is half as hard as learning your first. Databases, spreadsheets, basic skills are very important.” – Aron Pilhofer

“It’s also really necessary to teach the students how to understand the data. It’s not just about managing the data, but you also have to understand what’s behind it. It’s necessary to take maybe a statistics 101 course or something like that.” – Alberto Cairo

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