What basic coding/tech skills meet the following criteria? They are relatively easily required with no need for a 4 year CS degree; They provide journalistically relevant and useful results They are reusable in a journalistic context In my opinion, there are three skills that meet these criteria: Mapping.  Most news happens in a place.  Maps are ancient precisely because they are such an expressive and powerful form of data visualization. Grabbing.  Thousands of websites have data gateways called APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that allow you free access to some or all of that site’s data — as long as you can write a relatively simple program that can grab it and return it to you in a format you can[…]