Will the Geeks Inherit the Newsroom? Reflections on why Journalists should Learn Computer Science

By Skye Doherty.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Journalists need to learn the language of technology or they risk further eroding their own economic value. While the economic crisis during the second half of the 2000s shocked many news media companies into taking digital products seriously, they are doing so in an increasingly networked and mobile media landscape in which it is device makers and software developers—not media companies—that control audiences and revenues. This paper posits that developing procedural literacies might help journalists close the gap between information technology and traditional journalism and in doing so, allow them to regain some control over their craft. It examines the literature surrounding these fields and seeks to identify challenges to introducing computer science skills to traditional journalism education.

Keywords: Journalism, Procedural Literacy, Narrative

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.111-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 247.560KB).

Skye Doherty

Industry Consultant, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Skye Doherty is a journalist who has worked for media groups in Australia, South-east Asia and the UK, including The Financial Times, where she was an interactive producer. She is currently an industry consultant at the University of Queensland where she teaches digital production.

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