Sisi Wei

Currently a News Apps Dev at ProPublica. Previously a Graphics Editor at the Washington Post. Co-founder of Code with me. I'll probably blog a lot about news games, programming education for journalists, and other shiny things. Learn other things about me.

Noah Veltman: On journalism and learning to code (again) »


In a recent piece for The Atlantic, Olga Khazan argues that learning to code is a poor use of time for most aspiring journalists who could instead be using that time honing their other skills. Like many of my colleagues who have committed acts of code in a newsroom, it really rubbed me the…

In addition to what Noah has already written, I simply have one question for any student who is interested in going into journalism.

There are stories that you do not have the capability to tell without knowing how to program, because there are simply not enough hours in the day for you to analyze data manually. What used to take reporters years to compile now can take days. Are you willing to let that capability fall away from you without even trying? Give it your all, and see what amazing things you can do. Then decide if you like it or not.

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