What Should Reporters Learn in Journalism School?
In the interest of being part of the solution, I thought I’d interview a few of my colleagues here at Atlantic Media to see what they wish they had learned in journalism school, if not more code.* None of the colleagues I spoke with is a traditional print reporter, but between us, we do thRee types of writing, editing, and data analysis that many reporterly types aspire to. We all went to different schools, and most of us graduated within the past five years or so.
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Reblogging this in all three (!!!) of my social media because I couldn’t agree with the points more.
As a budding (ha) data reporter, understanding stats and data are SO MUCH MORE important than learning how to code. There are so many softwares and only increasing in their number to make it easer for reporters to visualize the data. The point of data reporting is to sort out, analyze, test, cross-check, understand and then present the data within a context. I can’t stress enough the number of editorial decisions that goes into data reporting and how crucial each are.
In essence, the glitz and glamour of coding, speaking the web language are not without substance, especially in the era of changing platform. However, reporters’s first and foremost duty is to get to the truth. We must navigate through the paperworks, bureaucracy, numbers, studies, town hall meetings, communities, narratives, (both true and false), altogether, to tell a story. We will never be able to do this by just sitting in front of a computer which is becoming more tempting each day.
… I THINK. I have no data to support this thesis yet.