These are my recommended links for April 21st:
- Why journalists should learn to code (and why some shouldn’t bother) :: 10,000 Words – “Those who choose to adhere to long-standing forms of print or broadcast journalism shouldn’t fret, but know that there will come a time when basic coding will become an integral part of a journalist’s duties. It’s better to jump on the bandwagon now than to be left in the dust later on.”
- Seattle ‘P-I’ Sinks Without Print Boost – In their Top 30 Newspaper Sites for March, Editor & Publisher makes the point that online-only newspapers aren’t quite making it with audiences just yet. Do they need print to survive? That remains to be seen.
- How To Increase Your Chances of a Twitter Follow Back | John Chow dot Com – A lot of this is what I would consider no brainers, but worth a quick read anyway. Disregard what he says about a custom Twitter background, though. You don’t have to pay for a professional background to get followers – you can always make your own or use a free one.
- Overview: Key News Audiences Now Blend Online and Traditional Sources | Pew Center – This Pew study outlines Americans’ relationships with news, news consumption trends and which media seem to be doing best. Key takeaway: News is still necessary to a lot of Americans…and without online news/blogs, newspapers would be in worse shape than they are right now.