Code.

Before this course, I didn’t have the slightest idea what code was. I had thought that it was just a bunch of letter and number combinations inputted into a computer system to make some kind of web page but had absolutely no idea what they do. It made absolutely no sense to me at the time, but I know that without it, we would not be where we are in technology today. While reading the article on bloomberg.com titled “The Man in the Taupe Blazer” by Paul Ford, I was at a complete loss for words and had no idea what he was talking about, until I watched the first video on code. In this video, I learned that code is a means of harnessing the computers power. Starting with a bunch of words typed on a keyboard by a human, code is being generated to tell the computer what to do. I think that by this it means that if you start typing, the computer will start to notice and take note of certain key words of phrases, so that it will be able to do a certain command. So I guess that when you write code, the computer turns it into software and that can run as many times as you need it. As you can tell I am still unsure.

What is a web worker:

A web worker is a JavaScript ( a type of code programming I believe ) that runs in the background of a website, independently of other scripts, without affecting the performance of the page. You can continue to do whatever you want: clicking, selecting things, etc., while the web worker runs in the background. This helps the site function properly.
Is a journalist a coder?

In my opinion, a journalist is a coder in the sense that they are utilizing their computers by either writing up their stories, researching, posting, etc. Nowadays many companies tend to hire and even require their new employees to have experience working with a computer because by utilizing code, journalists are taught how to understand and lead new digital developments.

Should journalists be coders?

I think that journalists should at the very least know a little bit about code because as online and mobile media slowly become the future of media, companies will need people who can combine not only editorial judgment and sensibility but also a technical understanding of what’s possible.

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