By Melanie Stone
Chicago Tribune News Applications Developer Andy Boyle led a coding workshop on Jan. 17 for current and former SPJ/ONA DePaul members.
The event came just a few weeks after SPJ DePaul reorganized as SPJ/ONA DePaul in an effort to combine traditional journalism with digital innovation.
Boyle kicked off his presentation by encouraging the group to embrace the learning process and ask questions throughout the workshop.
“At one point, I was a beginner, too,” he said. “This is a no-hater zone.”
The afternoon ended with sandwiches and a tour of Boyle’s coding experiments, which included funny sites he built in his spare time. Boyle took questions from workshop attendees as well, highlighting the importance of web programming and news applications in media organizations.
Participants tweeted under the #spjcoding hashtag. Some highlights:
— Jakub Rudnik (@jakubrudnik) January 17, 2014
All journalists should be following #spjcoding right now
— dcd (@realdoriandavis) January 17, 2014
— SPJ/ONA DePaul (@spjonadepaul) January 17, 2014
— Ali Trumbull (@atrumbull) January 17, 2014
— Brianna Kelly (@bkelly91) January 17, 2014
— Rima Mandwee (@RimaMandwee) January 17, 2014