Three Web Design Resources Every New Grad Should Play With

by Guest Blogger Maria Murriel
What most surprises me about working with journalism students — I’m an alumni mentor with my local chapter — is that students still lack an established digital curriculum.
A digital production class when I was in school consisted of some video production and basic blogging. And now that I’m a web editor I find myself needing working knowledge of different programming languages and design tools.
So here’s what I tell students getting ready to graduate: Get yourself some training, in school or out. (As this issue of Quill says, it’s time you learned to code.) And because it’s time-intensive to learn to code, I recommend these resources:
Code Academy: This is the simplest way to learn code. And the site offers different languages! Sign up and work through this one on your own time. If you find a Hacks/Hackers group in your area, its members will be great resources for any questions you might have. For web journalists, HTML might be the priority.
For Journalism: Here you’ll find tutorials for Javascript, responsive design, data viz and more — all crafted specific for journalists. The courses are not free, but members of the Online News Association can get subscriptions.
W3schools: I use this tool at work when I need to figure out how to write code that will allow data visualizations or special designs/layouts to work with my public radio station’s limited CMS. It’s helpful for people who aren’t too familiar with writing CSS or HTML.
The best part of these resources is their time flexibility. Even new journalists who aren’t specifically working in the digital field will need some programming knowledge. It might sound daunting — until your first Code Academy lesson.

Maria Murriel is the digital editor at WLRN, South Florida’s public radio station. She spends all day trying to find the best ways to display interactive content online, and tweets about craft beer at @mariamurriel.




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  • These three resources are great, one should start playing with these. Whether a graduate or not!


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