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Coding for journalists: Free online courses for ONA members

by: Amy Gahran |

Starting Fall 2013, members of the Online News Association will have free access to online courses in data journalism and building news apps offered by the For Journalism project.

According to ONA, is "creating a series of nine courses and educational materials for students, journalists and professors, taking a comprehensive approach to teaching how to build news applications."

"In the fall, ONA members will be able to start by picking up the responsive design course to learn the fundamentals of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. From there, you can choose a Django and Rails course, which will transform your static project into a dynamic powerhouse. These courses essentially build the same apps but use the patterns and libraries most appropriate for those frameworks.

"Other courses will help you build out features for your projects -- maps, visualizations, analyses, sanitizing data, storing data for long-term use and more. Plans are for each course to feature an ebook, screencasts, code repositories and forums."

Learn more about joining ONA, and about For Journalism.

Amy Gahran

Amy Gahran is a journalist, editor, trainer, entrepreneur, strategist, and media consultant based in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to writing
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