The author doesn’t seem to have done any reporting for the piece beyond a second-hand tweet and extrapolating from her personal experience. She could have picked up the phone to test her assumptions or gain outside insight. She could have asked hiring managers in newsrooms how much they actually value coding skills. She could have asked j-school faculty why they were or were not adding more technology education to their curriculum. She could have asked news developers what their experience is like working with reporters and dividing up roles on a project. She could have asked journalists-turned-coders how and why they chose to learn. Had she done any of these things, I imagine the piece would have been a lot more accurate, interesting, and constructive.

Second, and more importantly, the article falls victim to a lot of fallacies about code and journalism that keep coming back up in this whole discussion. To name a few:

Conflating learning to code, learning to make things for the web, and technological literacy.

It turns out learning to code is not like finding the light switch in a dark room — an instant solution — but a process, like learning to write.