Dan Gillmor notes that scholarships are available for ‘an academic program blending computer science and journalism, designed to fill a staffing void at many digital news sites. The goal is to turn out students who understand both journalism and technology, connect one to another in ways that build audiences and also enhance and protect the civic functions of journalism in a democratic society.’ A very wise move.
Dan uses the term ‘programmer-journalist’ which, on reflection, should probably have been my job title during my time as online agitator at Sky News. Knowing the news business, knowing what’s happening in the tech world, and working out how to meld the two. I’m also working on something right now which puts me right back in that space… I’ll write it up in the next day or two. I’m excited again.