We’re delighted to announce a new partnership between the Online News Association and For Journalism that brings a valuable benefit to our members — free step-by-step courses in coding taught by industry experts.
As a result of our partnership, funded by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, ONA members will have free access to all course material in this series. (Not an ONA member yet? Sign up now.)
For Journalism (FJ), which recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, 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.
“There is so much to learn, and we want people to tackle projects that are useful, fun and challenging,” said Dave Stanton, ring leader at For Journalism. “We’ve asked a lot of people where they get stuck learning to code, and the overwhelming response is they need projects that are practical and immediately useful to keep motivation high.”
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.
This partnership will provide every ONA member access for one year to the first series of courses, set to begin in August, and a 50 percent discount to any other courses created during that time.
“We are thrilled to offer our members the latest in technical training that so many newsrooms desire,” said Jeanne Brooks, Digital Director, ONA. “Our goal is to provide valuable resources that are accessible and affordable to the ONA community. We hope this is just the beginning of our partnership with FJ and will work to grow future digital training opportunities for our members.”