Introduction to Code for Journalists

Want to take your first steps with code but not sure how to begin? Or learn how code is being used in the newsroom and if it can help you and your team?
Room G5, Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths, University of London
10 February 2018 – 11 February 2018

Course Outline


This weekend workshop is designed as an introductory primer to learning to code, showing recent story examples, explaining the fundamental concepts in programming and demystifying the jargon.
Through a series of practical exercises, you will learn how code is used by reporters to find stories and aid investigations, how to write and run scripts and gain a basic understanding of how computer programs are structured. Exercises will include a “my first program”, building and scraping basic web pages and automating tedious and repetitive tasks.
We will also provide a guide to the most common programming languages to help you identify which would suit your needs and how to continue your learning.
No previous experience is required.

About the trainers: 

Leila Haddou is data journalist for the Times and the Sunday Times. She formerly worked for the Financial Times investigations team exposing corporate fiddles to dump pensions, the dark side of China’s corporate embrace in Cambodia, and in-depth business profiles of political heavyweights including Philip Hammond. She previously worked for the Guardian covering offshore tax leaks, corporate land banking and issues surrounding social justice. She has an avid interest in the use of technology for data-led investigations.
Feedback on Leila Haddou previous course Coding for Journalists: ‘hands-on, interesting and insightful’.
Max Harlow is a software developer who has collaborated with journalists on investigations at the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, helping them with data analysis and automating parts of investigations. He also maintains several data tools designed for journalists used in various newsrooms around the world. Currently he works at Ordnance Survey and co-runs Journocoders, a group helping journalists and other people working in the media develop technical skills for use in their reporting.


Big organisations (10+ people) – £285
Freelancers/small organisations (9 people and fewer) – £215
Students (correspondence/evening course) – £175 (limited availability)
Full-time students – £110 (limited availability)

Goldsmiths students: contact tom(at) for Goldsmiths discount.