Nerds Who ‘Save Journalism’

We’re getting sick of the phrase “save journalism” as if journalism is a tangible thing…but regardless.

Thought you would like to check out Time magazine’s piece, “Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism?” The first graduates of a new Medill program—which trains computer programmers to be journalists, rather than training journalists to be programmers— have hit the streets and will start their new jobs soon. Brian Boyer, for example, starts this month as a “news applications editor” at the Chicago Tribune.

Medill’s the first school to turn out “hacker journalist” grads, but other schools are following suit:

The journalism school at the University of Missouri has started introducing graduate-level journalism students to programming with computer-assisted reporting that delves into the basics of database management. Similarly, the University of California, Berkeley, requires students in its graduate school of journalism to take a six-week, boot camp–style course in Web development, during which they are taught the basics of XML, HTML and other coding languages commonly used on websites today.

Too little, too late? (Where’s Twitter101?) Hey, it’s a start.