Even if You're a Programmer, You Should Be a Reporter

Being able to question and challenge those in power is not only good for reporters, but also for aspiring technologists


June 5 marked my 10-year anniversary as a gainfully employed reporter. It was on that date back in 2006 when I joined the sports department at The Journal News, a daily newspaper that covers Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam counties in New York.

While I'm an avid sports fan and have always enjoyed writing profiles of athletes, writing about the games themselves (called gamers) can be—for lack of a better word—boring: Someone won; someone lost. Someone was the hero, someone the goat. It gets rep