Introduction to Code for Journalists

Code can help with a wide range of journalistic research tasks, from collating and cleaning data to automating the monitoring of public information.

If you want to learn coding skills to speed up and enhance your own research, this course is for you.

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.


Technical Requirements

You will need to bring your own laptop. No previous coding experience is required.

About the trainers
Leila Haddou is the data journalism editor for The Times and the Sunday Times in London. She has previously worked on investigations for the Financial Times and The Guardian. She has an avid interest in how technology can be used by journalists to assist with data-led reporting.
Max Harlow is a newsroom developer at the Financial Times in London. He has previously worked on investigations at the Guardian and at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He co-runs Journocoders, a group for journalists who want to develop technical skills for use in their reporting.


Previous feedback on Introduction to Code for Journalists:

The course was very high quality … I have been raving about it to my colleagues


All courses are held at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Large organisations (10+ people) – £269

Small organisations (9 people and fewer) – £211

Freelancers – £169

Full-time students – £109

Goldsmiths students – £87