Andy Boyle’s Coding Workshop Brings Programming to SPJ/ONA DePaul

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Andy Boyle swings into journalistic action at the coding workshop. (Photo/Brianna Kelly)

By Melanie Stone

Chicago Tribune News Applications Developer Andy Boyle led a coding workshop on Jan. 17 for current and former SPJ/ONA DePaul members.

The event came just a few weeks after SPJ DePaul reorganized as SPJ/ONA DePaul in an effort to combine traditional journalism with digital innovation.

Boyle kicked off his presentation by encouraging the group to embrace the learning process and ask questions throughout the workshop.

“At one point, I was a beginner, too,” he said. “This is a no-hater zone.”

From there, Boyle’s three-hour workshop covered HTML, CSS and JavaScript — three languages of the Internet. He also showed the group useful tools, such as Bootstrap, Tabletop.js and Sublime Text. Boyle assisted students, reviewed their work and answered questions as they coded pages.

The afternoon ended with sandwiches and a tour of Boyle’s coding experiments, which included funny sites he built in his spare time. Boyle took questions from workshop attendees as well, highlighting the importance of web programming and news applications in media organizations.

Andy Boyle helps Emily Brosious (left) and Melanie Stone with some code. (Photo/Brianna Kelly)

Andy Boyle helps Emily Brosious (left) and Melanie Stone with some code. (Photo/Brianna Kelly)

Participants tweeted under the #spjcoding hashtag. Some highlights:

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SPJ/ONA DePaul Members in DePaul University Journalism Video

SPJ/ONA DePaul President Brianna Kelly, Vice President Jakub Rudnik and faculty adviser Mike Reilley are quoted in DePaul University’s graduate journalism program video. They talk about the experiences of taking and teaching classes in a large media market.

Stone Joins SPJ/ONA DePaul Student Executive Board

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Melanie Stone is SPJ/ONA DePaul’s new events-program and social media coordinator.

DePaul University junior Melanie Stone is the newest addition to the SPJ/ONA DePaul student executive board. She joined the team in December for the organization’s social media workshop at Payton Prep, and filled the vacant Events-Programs Coordinator position soon thereafter.

Stone assumes the responsibilities of planning and executing SPJ/ONA DePaul events, as well as promoting them to the DePaul community. She also frequently tweets from the @spjonadepaul account to inform followers of our upcoming events and pertinent information for journalists.

Stone transferred to DePaul in fall 2013 after spending two years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This quarter, she is interning with Metromix Chicago, and has previously worked for Crain Communications, Condé Nast and The Everygirl. Her writing has been published in a variety of online and print publications, including PBS MediaShift, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Red Line Project, The Daily Illini and several local newspapers.

Follow Stone on Twitter at @MelanieAlissa, and check out her blog.

SPJ/ONA DePaul Lands Programming Funds

SPJ/ONA DePaul has landed outside funding for two programs for 2014:

  • The student organization was awarded an SPJ Chapter Grant of $500 for a women in sports journalism panel during the spring 2014 quarter. The money will cover costs for food, travel and other event expenses. Details of the event will be posted in February.
  • SPJ/ONA DePaul also received a $400 ONA seed grant for new local ONA groups to hold events.

SPJ/ONA DePaul has raised $1,300 in funding for events in 2013-14.