I’ve been at NYU for 1.5 years, and it just hit me — I don’t have a blog here.
Earlier this year I wrote a piece on Scripting News called Educating the Journo-Programmer.
Of course they should be blogging and have Twitter and Facebook accounts. They should use Skype and be able to edit a video and do a podcast.
But there’s more. At least some should be comfortable with the infrastructure of web publishing. We’ve been blogging for well over a decade. It’s true that we need programmers today to keep our blogging servers running, but that won’t always be true.
And if a journalist knows how the server software works, he or she is going to get ideas that programmer don’t. It’s the combination of perspectives that has so much power.
That’s why even thinking about the “journo-programmer” is so potent.
I have an idea what they could do, and I want to see if it’s right.