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In the journalism industry, reporters with coding skills or technologists with a passion for reporting are often referred to as 'unicorns'.

So many of the current forms of storytelling in the digital age are taking place at the intersection of journalism and technology, and aspiring journalists are often advised to learn how to code.

But for a reporter who has never written a line of code or who is still trying to get to grips with programming terms and what they mean, making the transition can be hard.

Over at Mediashift, Paty Gomes, a graduate journalism fellow at Northwestern University, has summarised a few lessons from her experience as a journalist who decided to tackle programming.

She says that you shouldn't fear asking questions to experts when certain commands are unclear and even though programming will help change the way you think and organise your thoughts, you should be careful not to lose sight of the story when experimenting with new technology.

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