In an essay at MediaShift Idea Lab, I’ve tried to enumerate the job roles of a programmer-journalist. It was a helpful exercise. I’ve got no idea what I’m going to do six months from now, but a couple of the following are appealing…
- CMS developer
- CMS implementor
- CMS user (Web producer)
- Applications developer
- Hunter, gatherer and data-miner
- Visualizations developer
- New media translator
- and my favorite, the hacker journalist:
‘Hacker’ is a compliment in my world. If you’re a hacker, you’re an especially good programmer. So, what are you if you’re a hacker journalist? Think about what photojournalists do — they tell stories with a camera.
A hacker journalist tells stories with code.
The roles will overlap in the real world, and I’m probably missing one or two. What other hats could a hacker wear at a news organization?