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I came across OSJourno yesterday. It is dubbed as “robust power tools for digital journalists”. It is basically a Fedora remix packaged as virtual machine appliance, or (alternatively) a LiveCD. I plan to download and try it out soon, but for now I’ll just note one thing: being a “digital journalist” seems to demand a lot of skills.

If you notice the tools provided by OSJourno, digital journalists should be skilled at: web development, programming (R, Python, Julia), statistics, data science (natural language processing, machine learning, social network analysis, and finance). Not to mention secure communications (encrypted emails and instant messaging, privacy tools, etc). I doubt they teach those at journalism school. At least not now, not in Indonesia.

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