Tools for the code curious journo.

The ability to code is fast becoming a non-negotiable in the field of journalism. But having just finished my MA in digital journalism at Goldsmiths, I know how daunting the thought of programming can be - especially, if like me, you come from a print background. 

Here are a few things I've learnt during the past year: 

  • Learning to code is scary. It's a fact. But don't let that stop you. 
  • Always try to figure out the solution yourself (when in doubt Google it).
  • If you're still stuck, head over to Stack Overflow where a heap of accomplished coders are on hand to help you with your problem.
  • Learning to code is empowering. Just do it.

 This is a handy resource of online tutorials for anyone looking to dip their toes in the coding waters.

Takeaway tip:  have a project in mind

“I think one thing I realized after doing a lot of online tutorials and not really getting it, is that it takes actually making something, even if its small, to really learn anything about coding [... ] struggling with a real project is when you really learn.” - Lena Groeger, a self-taught designer and science journalist at ProPublica