This course is an introduction to programming concepts as they relate to the journalism industry. The goal of this course is to equip students with a foundational technical literacy to construct interactive online stories such as data visualizations, infographics, maps, multimedia packages, games or innumerable other types of projects students may conceive.
- Sep 15
Learning the Terminal — Class will learn about the command-line interface and how to navigate around the computer using the Terminal program. Also, a tutorial on Regular Expressions (RegEx).
- Sep 22
Workflow and Github — Class will cover the process and how to structure some basic programs based on the subjects covered in previous classes. Practical guidelines to keeping code clean, logical and well-commented. Introduction to GitHub for posting future assignments.
- Sep 29
- Oct 6
- Oct 13
Functions and Conditionals — Class will cover how to use functions to execute code blocks, send data to functions via arguments, return data from a function and how to use anonymous functions. Discuss how functions affect variable scope, and how to use encapsulation to avoid cluttering the global scope.
- Oct 20
Introduction to SVG and Illustrator — Class will explore the building blocks of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and learn the basic elements. In class, we will manually build multiple some graphics.
- Oct 27
Introduction to D3 — Class will cover an introduction to D3 for manipulating the DOM. We will create SVGs from scratch, and then add data to create basic charts.
- Nov 3
Making Charts in D3 — Class will cover how to iterate through a dataset, like an array or object. We will then make some more charts with d3, such as a bubble chart, donut chart or bar chart.
- Nov 12
Animation in D3 — class will cover basic animation methods, parsing CSV data, and additional D3 methods.
- Nov 19
APIs and scraping — Class will cover jQuery and AJAX requests for querying web services for JSON data. Then we will parse the data, and display elements in the DOM. Class will also include an in-class written test on parsing JSON.
- Nov 24
- Dec 3
For Loops — Class will cover how to iterate through data using For Loops, and cover other syntax/operators that might still seem mysterious to people.
- Dec 8
Putting it all together — Class will cover how to incorporate a project into a website in a real-world scenario. Using AJAX to query data, loops to iterate through the data, and a third-party library to display the data.