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Introduction to Coding for Journalists

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.

8 February 2020 – Introduction to Coding for Journalists: Part 1

10:00–17:00
Introduction to Coding for Journalists: Part 1

9 February 2020 – Introduction to Coding for Journalists: Part 2

10:00–17:00
Introduction to Coding for Journalists: Part 1

Leila Haddou

Leila Haddou is data journalism editor for The Times and Sunday Times. She previously worked on investigations at the Financial Times and Guardian. She has an avid interest in how technology can aid investigative reporting and co-organises the monthly Journocoders meet up event.

Max Harlow

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.
  • 8 February 2020 10.00–17.00
  • 9 February 2020 10.00–17.00
Location: Goldsmiths, University of London