The Atlantic this week ran a pretty silly piece arguing journalists shouldn’t bother learning to code. Columbia’s own data wizard, Mark Hansen, weighed in on the topic at a New York Times event Tuesday night. And he’s far from the only one with something to say:


Coding in the newsroom tends to be less about deep technical puzzles and more about storytelling and design, and attracts people who are interested in the world and just happen to use code as a tool while they figure it out. Think MacGyver, not Edison (the web: it’s paperclips all the way down).