Training People Digitally, For Real

This weekend I’ll be at NICAR, the conference that last year inspired me to ponder what humanists could learn from journalism. That means I don’t have a lot of time to write. But I wanted to share an screenshot from the NICAR schedule that I think is worth a thousand words:

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This is what a genuine commitment to helping people learn tech stuff looks like. I myself will be attending several of the hands-on classes, because there are data skills I have yet to learn. That’s the thing, there’s always more to learn:


To my mind, this is what the digital liberal arts should be doing. Not worrying about the theory, but getting more people involved in the practice. Not navel-gazing about where we’re going, but making sure that humanists are equipped to enter the larger tech conversation. If haven’t bothered to learn some of the above, you’re not going to be taken seriously in a tech conversation. You can debate the fairness of that but the fact is, if you don’t get in the game, other people will be making the decisions about what digital archiving, publication, and communication looks like.

Just my two cents. And seriously, y’all, if a kid can do it, you can too.