Catching up on the reading, and came across a post by Dave Cohn at DigiDave following the announcement of the Knight News Challenge grant winners: "Where's the money to teach journallists how to code?"
Among the grants is one to Rich Gordon at Northwestern to teach computer programmers how to be journalists.
(See Cohn's follow-up post, too. The comments are especially fruitful and thoughtful reading.)
The entire idea of journalism intersecting with computer programming I think is going to be one of the tougher nuts to crack for today's journalism schools. There's a meme out there that says it's easier to teach programmers to be journalists than journalists to be programmers. I think there's some truth to that -- the mindset of the typical journalism student is not at the detail level of a programmer's (challenge me on that, but first teach several hundred students over a few years in an editing or reporting class where detail is important).
Then, of course, that opens the door to an age-old debate: Should journalism even be taught at the undergraduate level? Is it better, perhaps, as a graduate-level endeavor like law? More and more, I find myself thinking that way.
See a good roudup of the conversation by Robert Andrews of the UK. And more by Matt Waite.