Thinking about Journalists as Programmers

So, I’m thinking a lot about this idea of Programmer/Journalist, Journalist/Programmer, Journalist/Developer, Hacker/Journalist and the 6th W (Web, according to Brian Boyer he’s a new programmer student at the Medill journalism program). I want to do some research in this area, maybe visit with NY Times, possibly visit Medill. Talk to these folks about what this exactly means, what technologies they are using, what skills they’d like to see journalists have.  Are we talking perspective or hard coding?  What rapid application development platforms can be used and to what extent?  So, many questions, but I have very little idea about how to organize my thoughts. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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