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Journalism Student Survey: Do you think students should learn web coding skills like HTML and CSS as part of their course?

Journalism Student Survey: Do you think students should learn web coding skills like HTML and CSS as part of their course?

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Journalism Student Survey
1. Do you think students should learn web coding skills like HTML and CSS as part of their course?ResponsePercentResponseCount
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52.1%75
No19.4%28Not sure28.5%41Why?92
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1I think they should *be able to* take these classes if they want.May 11, 2009 7:00 AM2It's the future.May 11, 2009 7:08 AM3not sure if it will make students better journalistsMay 11, 2009 12:12 PM4The ability to write a well designed online portfolio/blog vital to graduating journlalists to help them when looking for jobs. Also the ability to improveexisting web sites for newspapers/magazines could be a valuable skill tohave.May 11, 2009 12:43 PM5These should be offered. Some students should take them, but I'm not sureeveryone needs to.May 11, 2009 2:18 PM6Beacause is not part of the course I think should be a combine course forthose things so anyone can choose it.May 11, 2009 2:48 PM7that is not why students enter a journalism course the focus should be onwriting and creativity.May 11, 2009 2:52 PM8I feel there is already too much emphasis on web-base skills, as you can findgood stories without using the web. Having to learn web-coding as part of thecourse would, I feel, take away from actually going out and finding stories.May 11, 2009 3:05 PM9It detracts from the journalism, and there are easier ways to create and editweb pages now that html is unnecessaryMay 11, 2009 3:12 PM10journalists do not make websites that is not their role. They find informationand pass it to others.May 11, 2009 3:12 PM11You won't know what to expect from a website if you don't understand therules.May 11, 2009 3:12 PM12I believe it does have a place in the world of journalism but I also think thereare higher priorities.May 11, 2009 3:14 PM13We had one assignment on it and i learned nothing and i do not think that oneassignment would contribute to me applying for a job with this skill. There isContent Management systems in place in a publication so i think it is notneededMay 11, 2009 3:17 PM14I feel that coding is something a journalist should know due to the fact that Ifeel that journalism is moving in that direction. Journalists need to be diversein their skills. They need to know how to write a great article, take a fantasticphoto, edit audio and also have the set skills to put their work on the web.May 11, 2009 3:19 PM15Technology is coming to allow people code without learning code. Same wayto Quark overtook the printers apprentice.May 11, 2009 3:20 PM16Because building web apps will be very important in the future.May 11, 2009 3:45 PM
 
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17Could help with other careersMay 11, 2009 3:45 PM18Journalists should at least have some fundamental tools that they can usewhile working in an online newsroom.May 11, 2009 3:59 PM19They should have a rudimentary knowledge so that they have more controlover their content. It's also a way to force journalists (as anyone) to thinkalternatively about their field.May 11, 2009 5:02 PM20I don't necessarily think it should be compulsory, but I think it should be anoption - not least because it is so hard to find pure journalistic employmentthat the wider the range of skills we are equipped with, the better.May 11, 2009 5:28 PM21beacause we are jouranalists and these tools are available for freeMay 11, 2009 6:03 PM22Because it is the easiest way to create a website.May 11, 2009 6:15 PM23A small amount of coding as part of an optional module could prove useful tothose students who wish to go into online journalism.May 11, 2009 6:15 PM24It's an extra skill, so why not? It's not going to do any harm to learn.May 11, 2009 6:17 PM25It's part of the job nowMay 11, 2009 6:17 PM26Most online content management systems don't require HTML or CSSknowledge because editors don't want journalists messing with the look of thesite. So unless you want to go into web development I can't see theimportance of it. But having said that I know a little HTML and it has come inhandy in the past.May 11, 2009 6:18 PM27Sets you apart from those who don'tMay 11, 2009 6:31 PM28Because a good blog and SEO skills are vital. Mine are terrible and it is mybiggest gripe with my course that they have not taught me properly.May 11, 2009 6:32 PM29Because its usefulMay 11, 2009 6:39 PM30It is used in most web-publishing.May 11, 2009 6:43 PM31More strings to the bow.May 11, 2009 7:44 PM32On my course I don't know where they would fit it in as it is so ram packed, butit would definitely be useful, especially if you want to go into the design side ofmagazines as they want people who know how to translate the brand acrossto the web.May 11, 2009 8:39 PM33I can see why basic html and css might be useful but that would be it - justbasic stuff.May 11, 2009 8:53 PM34Web content is going to be more and more important for journalists. Also, forthe new generation of qualified reporters, editors are going to look to us to dothese things. It offers us a way in. It hasn't been taught on my course.May 11, 2009 8:59 PM35Because I want to write, not build websitesMay 11, 2009 9:23 PM36That is where the present is and the future will be. Anyone who does not learnthis skills will be left behind.May 11, 2009 10:51 PM37If you can create webpages and edit content you will be more employable asanyone can just put things on webpages without having to think about how itgets there.May 11, 2009 11:05 PM38so necessaryMay 11, 2009 11:14 PM39To prepare them for the industryMay 12, 2009 8:16 AM40To prepare them for the industryMay 12, 2009 8:16 AM41I took a module in my first year that covered web coding and i found it verycomplicated and although i could then produce a fairly good web page, i thinkit was just too much to take in. If combined with journalism i believe manystudents would struggle.May 12, 2009 8:18 AM42It should be offered only as a choiceMay 12, 2009 8:19 AM43because I don't know how to do itMay 12, 2009 8:20 AM44Not neededMay 12, 2009 8:20 AM45There should be a seperate module so students can choose if they want tolearn that.May 12, 2009 8:21 AM46at least basics skills so that students are not going into jobs totally clueless.May 12, 2009 9:37 AM
 
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47Don't know what that is.May 12, 2009 10:52 AM48I'm not certain that it is an essential skill to have and if you really want to learnit you should do it yourself.May 12, 2009 10:52 AM49Because it would make it easier to be an all round writer/web designer andsub editor, which are skills that all journalists nowadays need to have.May 12, 2009 10:53 AM50It would give students a better idea of how to design pages, thus allowingthem to create thier own pages with better qualityMay 12, 2009 10:53 AM51Both HTML and CSS can be learned by anyone at any point in time.Expecting students to learn these languages puts too much emphasis oncreating a page for news online, as opposed to writing news for the onlinepage.May 12, 2009 10:58 AM52Everyone knows how to use word but with journalism moving to online mediaeven more, it would be highly beneficial.May 12, 2009 11:24 AM53maybe not as a major element but skills equal work.May 12, 2009 3:14 PM54Maybe not as complicated as html, but a student should really know how tocreate, edit and add to internet sitesMay 12, 2009 4:52 PM55It adds another skill so that students can become well rounded journalistswhich is increasingly what the media requires.May 12, 2009 5:30 PM56It can be useful, but not as useful as actually writing and learning how todesign pages. Two things, coincidentally, we've never been taught.May 13, 2009 2:38 PM57Because this is the way the media is. News writing now is just as important asthe multi-skilling involving video produnctionMay 13, 2009 4:24 PM58Otherwise it's like being taught to type using MS Word but not how to changethe font settings, or how to print, etc.May 13, 2009 11:11 PM59Useful skill - makes you more employable.May 14, 2009 5:20 PM60I think there is a lot that students have to learn already but the opportunityshould be offered so that those who wish to may do so.May 14, 2009 5:23 PM61I learned the basics as part of an optional module. Its a great thing to put onyour CV, a useful skill for any different jobs.May 14, 2009 5:43 PM62I don't feel it a necessity. It's good to know how to write for web but I don't seewhy it's important to know html.May 14, 2009 5:54 PM63If you're going to learn to make a website you need to know how to make agood website.May 14, 2009 5:55 PM64It's extremely important if you want a job with any media organisation now, aseven most print publications have a complementary website. Some bossesare thinking of moving whole publications to online, only, so it would be usefulto know HTML in order to get a job, something that sets you apart. However,HTML is getting old - php with embedded flash is now preferred by a lot ofweb designers.May 14, 2009 6:03 PM65If it was fairly easy, then yes, it is often requested on job applications. Butwe're pretty time-poor as it is, so something complicated added to our plateswould make it more stressful.May 14, 2009 6:12 PM66Not everyone is interested in that kind of stuffMay 14, 2009 6:39 PM67Media organisations want graduates to be multimedia journalists, slightlytrained in as many things as possibleMay 14, 2009 6:47 PM68Because some people really don't enjoy it. Also because in some companiesthere will be IT people to do jobs involving websites.May 14, 2009 6:53 PM69It can be useful but not essential. I think it should be there as an option ratherthan compulsory.May 14, 2009 7:01 PM70It's important in a digital worldMay 14, 2009 7:08 PM71Because it is important to have knowledge of it if you are to understand itbetter.May 14, 2009 7:50 PM72Is a criteria for a number of positions I have looked at.May 14, 2009 8:09 PM73The web is the future of the media and i feel these skills are important.May 14, 2009 8:43 PM

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