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Collaborating Across Boundaries to Engage Journalism Students in Computational Thinking

Kim Pearson, Monisha Pulimood, and Diane Bates

Abstract: Journalism educators seek ways to create a positive environment for learning computational journalism. This paper describes a multi-semester collaboration between undergraduate journalism and computer science students. Data indicate that such collaborations can strengthen journalism students’ confidence in their ability to employ computing tools and methods. However, journalism students did not show as much positive change as did students in computer science and other majors. Future research will focus on student preparation for such collaborations. This research contributes to the search for teaching and curriculum design strategies for integrating computational thinking into the journalism curriculum.

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