You are number 114 on the list of people who have asked me if I have any students who are budding journalist-developers ready to start busting out apps in your shop. You are also deep on the list of people telling me you’re looking for people and having a hard time finding them. There’s 10 fish in this pond right now and everyone has a line in the water.
Problems I would love to have to talk about: What is the career path for a developer in a newsroom? There isn’t one right now. Who will be the first to hire a developer as an assistant managing editor or above? I ache for the day we have to discuss this instead of the scarcity of talent. I long for the day when we have to debate turning over editorial strategy to someone who came into the newsroom to build apps. That will be a great day.
Key departures suggest 4 factors critical to the future of programming and journalism. Both Matt Waite and Jeremy Bowers are out at the St. Petersburg Times. Factors influencing data journalism at larger news organizations:
- News apps challenge longstanding perceptions of who owns technology within a media company.
- Regardless of who is placed in what department, developers and journalists must be able to collaborate so they can create new tools.
- News organizations will have to emphasize project management and product development if they hope to compete with digitally-native information companies.
- News organizations must truly support risk-taking in order to see its rewards.
Excellent state of the field analysis. All challenges to solve.