This is the third and largest yet workshop organized by ProPublica’s Sisi Wei and The New York Times’ Tom Giratikanon. In August, they hosted a workshop in Washington, D.C. and went to Miami in February. May’s workshop will bring together mentors and students from the Pacific Northwest region — including Seattle, where I’m located.
Wei and Giratikanon’s style of teaching is one of the most effective I’ve seen for programming yet — it’s a 2:1 student:mentor ratio, meaning individual attention and a closer, freer environment for asking questions without leaving the whole group behind. As someone who has both trained large groups of students and tried to take larger instructive workshops to learn, the only way that really sticks is one-on-one.
This program is truly for beginners. Here’s the applicant eligibility criteria:
- You must be a journalist or a student studying journalism
- You must have little or no coding experience
If you know anyone in the Pacific Northwest — or someone who is willing to travel to Portland — spread the word. Deadline to apply is April 6 at 9:00 p.m. PST. If you can’t make it to Portland but know your town would be perfect for an event like this, email the team.