If a journalist had to choose only one type of programming to learn, what should they choose?  My answer?  Scraping.  

I gave a talk at TedxPoynter about the fact that many of the kinds of programming that are useful for journalism are simple.  REALLY, REALLY SIMPLE.  (I go over the types of programming I think you should learn if you had the luxury of choosing three types instead of one.  12 minutes, funny).  

Good news!  Michael Schrenk updated his book Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers, a step-by-step guide to writing programs to automatically check web pages, extract information from websites and documents, and much more.  Highly recommended.  

See also: The Journalist’s Learn To Code Resource Guide

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Lisa Williams

Founder of Placeblogger.com | Winner of Knight News Challenge | Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab | Cambridge, MA | @lisawilliams on Twitter | lisawilliams on Github