Cindy Royal is on a mission to persuade journalists to learn how to code -- and she's creating a way to help them.
I have greatly appreciated the advice of professors and professionals in the Bay Area that include Dr. Jure Leskovec, Dr. John Ousterhout and Dr. Mehran Sahami of Stanford, David Wright and Simon Rogers of Twitter, David Cohn of Circa, Burt Herman of Storify, Katie Zhu of Medium.
I plan to continue work on the project by further developing tutorials, videos and code repositories. I will be able to test the CodeActually.com tutorials when I return to teaching at Texas State University as I work on TexasMusicViz, a project using data to tell the important stories of music in the community. Through sponsorships from the Online News Association Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education and Google, I have secured initial resources to continue this effort.
- Innovation is much more than technology. There are new approaches and processes. It takes time and should be an ongoing practice.
- A range of technology skills that include computer programming are going to be required across many academic disciplines and workplace roles. Having these skills is a valuable literacy for the future.
- You never know who is paying attention to your work. Stay focused, be patient and good things will happen!