Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

How Computer-Assisted Reporters Evolved into Programmer/Journalists

Researched and interviewed journalists regarding computer-assisted reporting and the evolution of the programmer/journalist. Part of a series on the “programmer/journalist” trend.

I see a very clear progression from CAR to the programmer/journalist trend via the web. CAR is meant to be invisible. You analyze a database as part of the reporting process, but you don’t want to clog up a story with too many numbers. The ability to add details online has changed this process. Data has become a part of the story. And that’s the key connection between CAR and programming in journalism: data.

Matthew Waite, the developer behind PolitiFact, told me his evolution from computer-assisted reporter to programmer/journalist was “the natural evolution of someone who just keeps going with CAR skills.”

Published: August 7, 2009

Publication: PBS MediaShift, a blog that tracks how new media — from weblogs to podcasts to citizen journalism — are changing society and culture.

Skills: Writing, Reporting

2 Comments

  1. we cannot deny that data plays an indispensible role between CAR and programming in journalism.

  2. we cannot deny that data plays an indispensible role between CAR and programming in journalism.

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