This semester, Medill’s Spring New Media Publishing Project offers journalism students an opportunity to design and build those new tools, working side-by-side with computer science faculty and students. Five teams are researching, designing, building and testing new information-driven applications. In the process, the journalism and computer science students are forging a common language and are starting to understand one another’s cultures.
What Northwestern’s Jeremy Gilbert writes about here is very promising stuff indeed. I have parachuted in a couple of times – once to do a brief presentation to the Medillians about successful collaboration with technologists, and just this week to begin helping with the project presentations that will climax the quarter.
Much remains to be seen and done, but you are invited to stay up with the students’ work in progress on the class blog, www.writeclick.org.