Edmund Tadros, a journalist at The Australian Financial Review, said he used to dismiss the idea that journalists needed to know how to program. He considered it a waste of time. Even after he took some basic courses in web programming, and learned how to create interactive tables for his news organization's site, he remained unconvinced.
Then, as he wrote for Australia's The Walkley Magazine, he attended the 2013 CAR Conference in Louisville, Ky., where the confluence of journalists, programmers and bourbon was potent enough to push him toward data.
"The conference was host to the full spectrum of journalists, from reporters who had only ever used basic Excel commands through to those who spent their days programming. I heard from journalist after journalist who had learned how to code and been converted to the benefits of programming."
Tadros explains what he learned at the conference and also has an interesting string for short question-and-answer with several data journalists, which includes a rundown of what skills they have and what their favorite projects are.