Learn to code
Nate Silver, on how a Columbia student should prepare for the real world:
I guess I’d start with the most generic advice: learn how to code. The market is tough for journalists in general, but the exception is if you also know how to code. The other thing I realized is that getting the sense for what the metabolism for a journalistic office is is very important. If you really want to get into journalism then look for an internship in a newsroom. It’ll pay less, but you’ll have a lot of different experiences which will be very important. We also have a couple positions open too: we’re looking for a Visual Journalist (I’m not sure if that’s posted yet). We also have Internships. For the first time we’ve started to accept some freelance visualization work too.
Software really is eating the world.