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Nieman Journalism Lab visited the New York Times R&D department last year "The New York Times is now as much a technology company as a journalism company," its executive editor Bill Keller said recently. A glance at the top 10 breaking news sites online shows how seriously that statement must be taken, because in 2009 that list was often led by a tech company rather than a traditional news organisation. AOL News, Yahoo News or MSNBC News attract more US readers than CNN – or the New York Times.
Posted by Tom Foremski - January 18, 2010 I have been writing about the need for media engineers since 2005 -- these are people who are part journalist and part software engineer. It seems that it is catching on. Ryan Tate on Valleywag put together a nice list of people that could easily be called 'media engineers' such as: Nick Bilton, New York Times: He might be lead blogger on Bits, the Times tech blog, but Bilton has also worked as a user interface specialist and hardware hacker in the Times R&D lab, helping to develop the TimesReader.
As if the journalism job landscape weren't terrifying enough, now you've got to think about learning to code. It's yet another new media skill you'll need to stay ahead of competitors. And make no mistake: they're stockpiling O'Reilly books . In 2006, when news-app coder Adrian Holovaty called for more programmers in American newsrooms , he didn't get much response.
By Tom Foremski - August 19, 2005 . . . software engineer era ending There are tens of millions of programmers entering the world's job markets annually.
Posted by Tom Foremski - May 12, 2009 About four years ago I began writing about the need for "media engineers" a skill set that is part journalist and part software engineer. Software skills should be part of a modern journalist's toolbox. (My first job was as a software engineer 29 years ago.)
Posted by Tom Foremski - October 28, 2009 For several years I've been writing about the need for "media engineers" part software engineer and part journalist. And others have also started to write about teaching journalism to programmers. MediaShift . Can Programmers, Journalists Get Along in One Newsroom? | PBS
Posted by Tom Foremski - October 26, 2009 Megan Taylor over at PBS' MediaShift writes about the challenges of getting programmers and journalists to work together. MediaShift .
Posted by Tom Foremski - January 26, 2009 Elke Heiss pointed me to this: The Associated Press: Sarkozy offers new help for French print media The French state will help provide free newspaper subscriptions to teenagers for their 18th birthdays, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Friday. But the bigger gift is for France's ailing print media.
Posted by Tom Foremski - March 31, 2008 Software engineers have to update their bag of skills constantly. They learn new programming languages, new web standards, new development systems, and new lexicons constantly.