This is interesting. ProPublica, the non-profit news source with a focus on investigative journalism (‘in the public interest’), has hired a graduate from a journalism programming course.

The combination of programming and news judgement, meaning a focus on apps and interactive features, is, according to journalism.co.uk, the reason the Medill graduate has been taken on board.  It certainly seems a logical advancement for online news production. Is s/he as good at programming as working? Probably not. But the strings on my bow are all of varying tightness, if you know what I mean – and worried others will always whinge.

Should older journalists be quaking in their boots? Probably not. But any one-trick journalistic pony under the age of 40 should be – or should at least be learning. Mind you, if they havn’t seen the writing on the wall by now, there probably is no hope.

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