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What type of career opportunities are there for a person who double majors in computer science and journalism? #computer-science #journalism #double-major #science-journalism #computer-proficient

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Michael’s Answer

With the break-neck speed at which technology evolves, there is always room for more journalism in the field via news outlets and otherwise.


I work for a large software security company and as a marketing tool, we publish articles on various topics to maintain relevance in the industry. You would find such a position in a marketing department of a larger tech company.

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Dhrumil’s Answer

Hello Shosh O.


I am a "Database Journalist" with FiveThirtyEight in New York and I work right on the intersection of Journalism and Computer Science. Here at FiveThirtyEight we focus on data-driven journalism, meaning all of the stories we tell are usually backed with evidence and data. The computer science background is very useful to help us make sense of the numbers and data that come in so that we can use them to write stories. For example, we recently looked at more than 90 million rows of data (every single taxi and Uber pickup in New York City) to write a story about whether Uber was taking away business from Taxis. Having a Computer Science background helped parse such a huge dataset.


We also have some great "Visual Journalists" who also do a combination of writing, reporting, and programming on the job. They make great visualizations that help our readers understand the data we are analyzing.


One great example that brings together numbers, data, databases, and visualizations are our election forecasts where we use data to shed light on the upcoming presidential elections. http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/election-2016/primary-forecast/


Making sense of the numbers, presenting them visually, and writing stories to explain them to our audience are all great things you can do if you plan to study Journalism and Computer Science. You can read more of our stories here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/

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