I think people interested in code and civic society should really think about joining a newspaper — yes, a newspaper (or any media outlet) — in 2013.
… But what’s most exciting to a politics geek with some coding experience is how immense the opportunity is. Millions of people will read the stuff being written across the cubicle aisle from me, and the technical infrastructure that supports it is as primed for disruption as any I’ve ever seen. And no matter how dire the state of the journalism industry (by the way, it’s not as bad as you probably think it is), more people are reading the news than ever before.
Journalism is in the midst of being reinvented, and the products built in newsrooms like this one, all across the country, will wind up driving public debate and understanding about important topics for decades to come. I look forward to being a part of the transformation.
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