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Introduction to Code for Journalists

February 23 @ 10:00 am - February 24 @ 5:00 pm

Want to take your first steps with code but not sure how to begin? Or learn how code is being used in the newsroom and if it can help you and your team?

Course Outline

This weekend workshop is designed as an introductory primer to learning to code, showing recent story examples, explaining the fundamental concepts in programming and demystifying the jargon.

Through a series of practical exercises, you will learn how code is used by reporters to find stories and aid investigations, how to write and run scripts and gain a basic understanding of how computer programs are structured. Exercises will include a “my first program”, building and scraping basic web pages and automating tedious and repetitive tasks.

We will also provide a guide to the most common programming languages to help you identify which would suit your needs and how to continue your learning.

Technical Requirements

You will need to bring your own laptop. No previous coding experience is required

About the trainers

Leila Haddou is the data journalism editor for The Times and the Sunday Times in London. She has previously worked on investigations for the Financial Times and The Guardian. She has an avid interest in how technology can be used by journalists to assist with data-led reporting.

Max Harlow is a newsroom developer at the Financial Times in London. He has previously worked on investigations at the Guardian and at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He co-runs Journocoders, a group for journalists who want to develop technical skills for use in their reporting.


Previous feedback on Introduction to Code for Journalists:

“hands-on, interesting and insightful”


February 23 @ 10:00 am
February 24 @ 5:00 pm
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Goldsmiths, University of London
8 Lewisham Way
London, England SE14 6NW United Kingdom


Centre for Investigative Journalism