"When does a story matter? It matters when you make the reader feel something. It can seem like a very hard trick to pull. This business, especially these days, is very hard, and it can seem like doing these beautiful stories is impossible, but as cheesy as it sounds, there’s magic all around us.".
A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it's often just one part that killed it, we throw everything away because it's almost impossible to repair or upgrade.
Phoneblok is made of detachable bloks. The bloks are connected to the base which locks everything together into a solid phone. If a blok breaks you can easily replace it; if it's getting old just upgrade.
It's like an app store for hardware. In the store you buy your bloks, read reviews and sell old bloks. Small and big companies develop and sell their bloks. You can buy a pre-assembled phone or assemble it yourself by selecting the brands you want to support. The choice is yours.
here is something about not just being able to think and act like a programmer but also to be able to think and act like a journalist, which is quite demanding. It’s an unusual skill set. Newsrooms are crying out for these skills."
Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, made this statement recently in a Nieman Journalism Lab article about a new post-baccalaureate programme the Center is offering, which teaches computer science for journalism.
This belief, that students need to be able to manage computer and data science as well as journalism in order to be well prepared for the media world they are graduating into, is starting to reshape journalistic education around the world. Several pioneering institutions are embarking on such initiatives, including the University of Hong Kong, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, the Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain, Columbia and New York University in the United States, and others.
This series of interviews takes you behind the scenes of some of these initiatives. For the second article in this series, we talked to Mark Hansen, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and head of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation in the United States. Hansen, whose background is primarily in statistics, spoke to us about the school’s dual Master’s Degree: Journalism & Computer Science.
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