Tim O’Reilly on Journalism Through Computer Programming

Old-school reporter with “Geek” card tucked in his hat.“In the new world of network-enabled information gathering and dissemination,” writes Tim O’Reilly in the O’Reilly Radar post Journalism Through Computer Programming, “programming is as critical a skill as writing and photography.”

Tim wants to keep recent programmers-as-journalists meme alive (see our previous posts, Newspapers Need Nerds! and Nerds and Newsrooms for more), and it’s an interesting idea. In a world where computers have found their way into just about every facet of life, it only makes sense for people with computer programming skills — even if they’d never think of themselves as computer programmers — to follow.