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Learn coding for journalists this spring

Learn coding for journalists this spring

Our by far most popular course “Coding for journalists” returns March 18–22 next year. During an intensive and fun week in Stockholm our instructors introduce the Python programming language with a journalistic mindset. No previous programming experience is required.

Over the years many Swedish participants have received scholarships from e.g. the Swedish Journalists’ trade union to cover the registration fee. So don’t forget to look into any relevant grants or scholarships that may apply to you!

Hands on approach

Our goal in class is to learn the basics of Python programming. You’ll get to build your first robot script and automatically generate text pieces.You’ll create scrapers and systematically collect data from web pages.

Our number one focus is to practically apply your new coding skills in a journalistic context. Feedback is personal, hands-on and imminent. The course spans Monday to Friday with five half-day workshops consisting of lectures and exercises.

For beginners

The course is held by J ++ Stockholm's award-winning data journalists. It targets any journalist with a love for computers and data. No previous programming experience is necessary.

Here’s a sample of work by previous participants, after or during the course:
Karl Martinsson, Arbetet, found how corporate fines hit small businesses extra hard
Simon Campanello, Techworld, covered malicious Python code
Sam Linderoth, ETC, wrote a Python program that revealed far-right politicians shopping goods from a Nazi webstore.

Fee: SEK 32,500 excluding VAT; 40,625 SEK including VAT.
Location: Stockholm
Sign up: By email to stockholm@jplusplus.org senast den 15 januari
More information: Jens Finnäs (jens@jplusplus.org, +46(0)76 901 7438), Leo Wallentin (leo@jplusplus.org, +46(0)73 593 3543)

Refund & cancellation: No refund after 15 January. Any cancellation after 15 January will incur a fee of 100% of the course fee. The number of places is limited, reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Schedule

Day 1, Monday March 18, 2019
Programming grounds. Variables, if-statements and functions. We are writing our first Python program!
Day 2, Tuesday, March 19, 2019
More programming theory. Lists, Loops, and CSV files. We build a robot printer capable of spitting out short news items.
Day 3, Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Intro to scraping. We learn how web pages are structured and how to programmatically retrieve data from them.
Day 4, Thursday, March 21, 2019
How to scrape a site. We develop the scraper from day 3 further and set it loose on a whole website. Watch it munch!
Day 5, Friday, March 22, 2019
Review day and walk-through of the course assignment. Then we look forward and kit up. What is the next step? How do you proceed?