‘Humans Vs. The Machines’ and the Rise of Maker Journalism
Here’s an awesome story by Susan Zake for Mediashift on the rise of maker skillsets in journalistic practices – both technically (such as, here’s the Arduino IDE, here’s how you use it) and also holistically (as in, here’s how you document your work and share it with others!).
Bob Britten, a teaching assistant professor in the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University, built and taught a new maker journalism course in spring 2016. His students created three projects they deployed around campus involving temperature sensors and Arduino micro controllers.
Britten worked to add emphases in HTML and data visualizations to his classes over the last couple of years. As he started paying more attention to data journalism, he “kept bumping up against sensor journalism, most notably in the Transit Tracker project that WNYC did,” which tracked transit outages around New York and New Jersey during storms and other emergencies.
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