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Megan Taylor at PBS Mediashift profiled six college-age journogeeks to figure out how (and why) they got their training. It’s worth a read. Most of them got their tech skills on their own, not in a class. Most work at their student papers but not all are journalism majors (like the guy who’s majoring in mathematics and economics but taught himself to program and just completed an internship at the Wall Street Journal).
With big, reputable newsrooms actually actively looking for journo-techheads it’s a surprise that not more J-schools are teaching these skills formally yet.