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‘Code With Me’ Journalist Training Workshop Headed To Portland

Code With Me — the traveling two-day workshops that teach journalists the basics of HTML, CSS and javascript — is making its way to Portland, Ore. in May, and deadline to apply is tomorrow night.

This is the third and largest yet workshop organized by ProPublica’s Sisi Wei and The New York Times’ Tom Giratikanon. In August, they hosted a workshop in Washington, D.C. and went to Miami in February.  May’s workshop will bring together mentors and students from the Pacific Northwest region — including Seattle, where I’m located.

Wei and Giratikanon’s style of teaching is one of the most effective I’ve seen for programming yet — it’s a 2:1 student:mentor ratio, meaning individual attention and a closer, freer environment for asking questions without leaving the whole group behind. As someone who has both trained large groups of students and tried to take larger instructive workshops to learn, the only way that really sticks is one-on-one.

This program is truly for beginners.  Here’s the applicant eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a journalist or a student studying journalism
  • You must have little or no coding experience

If you know anyone in the Pacific Northwest — or someone who is willing to travel to Portland — spread the word. Deadline to apply is April 6 at 9:00 p.m. PST.   If you can’t make it to Portland but know your town would be perfect for an event like this, email the team.

Register Early for Social Media Marketing Boot Camp and Save

Social Media Marketing Boot CampExtend your social media impact and collaborate with experts in our Social Media Marketing Boot Camp. Save $100 with our early bird rate. Don’t miss out — this special rate ends tomorrow.

Each week, we’ll discuss essential topics with social media thought leaders that will help you develop a cohesive marketing strategy and amplify your presence across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms. Read more

P5: ProPublica Invites Newsroom Devs To Hack With Them For 5 Days

In a fellowship-meets-hackathon type model that aims to grow the pool of people doing news application development in U.S. newsrooms, ProPublica is inviting news developers into their offices for a few days each month. The program is called ProPublica’s Pair Programming Project — P5 for short — and applications are open now.

P5 will accept one resident per month to go to New York City for an opportunity to work with some of the best news apps developers in the business.  They’ve won two Pulitzer prizes for their reporting, both of which had heavily data-involved and interactive storytelling attached.

People who are already proficient programmers and are working at a news organization are preferred for the program.  Though there will be some learning and mentorship involved, this residency isn’t for you if you don’t already know how to code. If you don’t have your own project in mind, worry not — you can work on one of ProPublica’s projects.

If you’re interested, you can get more information  on ProPublica’s site. If your skills aren’t up to snuff, maybe think about nudging a traditional engineer or IT person in your newsroom to apply.

New Mediabistro Online Conference: Copy Editing 101

All the copy editing skills you need rolled into one incredible online learning event. Join us for our 4-week Copy Editing 101 online conference and event starting March 6, 2013. We’ll show you how to launch a career as a copy editor.

Each week, watch and interact with our keynote speakers through live webcasts. Group discussion, peer interaction, and homework assignments will give you the confidence to take on copy editing as a career and land work. Speakers include Jack Murnighan (content director for Babble) and Constance Hale (author, Vex, Hex, Smash, and Smooch). Early registration rates are available now, so sign up soon.

News Sites Prepare Online Coverage Of Presidential Debate

Tonight marks the first official presidential campaign debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. It’s taking place in Denver (at 9 p.m. Eastern, or 6 p.m. Pacific), but since you likely haven’t snagged a seat, your options for viewing are plentiful this election year. You may not have determined who you’re voting for let alone figured out how you’re watching the debates. Here are five options for where to watch tonight’s Q&A and interact with others watching.
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