I purchased the course in Responsive Design, a skill I’ve wanted to learn for a while, to get an idea for what the materials are like. So far the page includes 17 screencasts in the style of YouTube tutorials and a message that states “this course is currently an in-progress preview.”
Of course, much more can’t be expected at this stage of beta, but I’m excited to see the rest of the course and website roll out.
For Journalism reminds of sites like Codeacademy, which provides interactive coding lessons in different web languages, and Method of Action, another beta site that will teach users the basics of design through interactive lessons. Though For Journalism doesn’t have interactivity baked in and will cost, it appears to have the potential to become an essential resource for journalists.
Not everyone agrees that journalists ought to learn coding, but For Journalism seems poised to make coding a relevant skill for reporters regardless of the connotations of digital journalism.